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Begums, Thugs and Englishmen: The Journals of Fanny Parkes

Fanny Parkes (Author)
Synopsis Fanny Parkes, who lived in India between 1822 and 1846, was the ideal travel writer—courageous, indefatigably curious and determinedly independent. Her delightful journal traces her journey from prim memsahib, married to a minor civil servant of the Raj, to eccentric sitar-playing Indophile, fluent in Urdu, critical of British rule and passionate in her appreciation of Indian culture. Fanny is fascinated by everything, from the trial of the thugs and the efficacy of opium on headaches to the adorning of a Hindu bride. To read her is to get as close as one can to a true picture of early colonial India—the sacred and the profane, the violent and the beautiful, the straight-laced sahibs and the more eccentric ‘White Mughals’ who fell in love with India and did their best, like Fanny, to build bridges across cultures.
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About the author

Fanny Parkes

Fanny Parkes, the daughter of a colonial officer, came to India as the wife of a minor civil servant. During the twenty-four years she lived in India, she travelled extensively to visit Indian friends and assimilate herself into Indian custom and culture. She was happiest when off on another journey exploring new parts of a country which never ceased to surprise, intrigue and delight her.

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Title Begums, Thugs and Englishmen: The Journals of Fanny Parkes
Author Fanny Parkes
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0143029886
length xxvi+353p., Maps.
Subjects Travel & Tourism