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Beyond the Veil: Indian Women in the Raj

Pran Nevile (Author)
Synopsis Women in India have always been accorded pride of place in both religious and philosophical thought. They were capable of advanced learning in every branch of knowledge and enjoyed high status in society in Vedic times. This was followed by a long period when their status declined and they were relegated behind the veil. The British authors have left behind fascinating descriptive accounts of Indian women, their customs and manners and mode of life during the Raj period. Many of them admire the Indian women for her innate sense of modestry and sing paeans to her womanliness. As regards the visual record by British artists, the western concept of beauty had its impact on their portrayal of Indian women. In this well-researched attempt to look 'beyond the veil' of Indian women, the author has delineated the beauty of Indian woman in such a sensitive manner that you can almost feel her delicate charm and be mesmerised by her electrifying presence. While stylishly portraying he pomp and pageantry of the performing artists, he does not overlook the anguish and pain of the traditional Indian woman, which she overcomes with sheer grit and fortitude. And at no point does he lose control over the narrative which provides a fascinating study of the phenomenon called woman. Sumptuously illustrated with reproductions of the finest paintings and drawings obtained from collections all over the world. Beyond the Veil is the first scholarly work of its kind on the formidable subject of Indian woman.
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About the author

Pran Nevile

Pran Nevile was born in Lahore and took his postgraduate degree from there. After a distinguished career in the Indian Foreign Service and the United Nations, he turned a freelance writer and has specialized in the study of social and cultural history of India. Lahore: A Sentimental Journey is his first full-length literary work.
He has written extensively on Indian art and culture and also acted as a consultant for two BBC films on the Raj. He is the author of Love Stories from the Raj, Nautch Girls of India, Beyond the Veil, Rare Glimpses of the Raj, Stories from the Raj: Sahibs, Memsahibs and Others, and K.L. Saigal: Immortal Singer.

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Bibliographic information

Title Beyond the Veil: Indian Women in the Raj
Author Pran Nevile
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2000
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Nevile Books
Language: English
isbn 8190116606
length 143p., Col. plats.