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Days of the Raj  -  Life and Leisure in British India
Days of the Raj - Life and Leisure in British India

Days of the Raj - Life and Leisure in British India

by Pramod K Nayar

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Language

English

Publisher

Penguin

ISBN

9780143102809 - Year: 2009 - Pages: 310

Binding

Paperback

Pramod K Nayar

Author: Pramod K Nayar
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Pramod K Nayar
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2009
Language: English
Pages: 310
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780143102809

Description

British India generated the largest imperial archive in the world. From the stacks of administrative reports, minutes, instruction manuals, memoirs, letters, reports, cook-books and travelogues the British left behind, this engaging volume uncovers the minutae of their social life, leisure and relaxation—the obverse side of the usual picture of the English steadfastly battling heat and fatigue as they ruled India.

Days of the Raj reproduces first-hand accounts of home-sickness, club culture, mountaineering, Christmas and station parties, and also records British responses to nautch girls and the zenana, mountains and the Ganga, fairs and festivals, elephants and mosquitoes and the monsoon.

The celebrated stock characters of the Raj—from the surly khansamah to the errant syce, from the griffin to the district magistrate’s shopaholic wife—are all here.

Pramod Nayar has put together a fascinating account of the lighter side of colonial life in India. This volume provides a vivid and entertaining snapshot of the Raj at play.

Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements

1. Raj Travels
1. The Voyage Out
2. Imperial Landscapes
3. Travel and Tourism in India

2. Raj Homes
1. Raj Days
2. Housing and Homes
3. Religion
4. Health Matters
5. Domesticity
6. Empire Menus

3. Raj Leisure
1. Commodities and Consumption
2. The English Social Scene
3. Indian Entertainment
4. Gardening
5. The Shikar

4. Raj Relations
1. Empire Types
2. Imperial Relations

Bibliography
Glossary of Common Anglo-Indian Terms
Endnotes

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