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Sahibs India: Vignettes from the Raj

Pran Nevile (Author)
Synopsis Sahib’s India is a panoramic look at the lives of the British in colonial India. Culled from Raj literature, it reveals little-known aspects of their lives and their dealings with their Indian subjects. Drawing from contemporary journals, plays and poems, the author provides wonderful descriptions of British homes and servants, their tastes and fashions, cultural idiosyncrasies, profligacy, sports, hunts and shoots, giving us, with the relaxed familiarity of the after-dinner raconteur, a flavour of the period. The book is peppered with a host of characters—astrologers, jugglers, magicians, grass-widows, the ‘fishing fleet’, missionaries, nautch girls, mavericks and eccentrics—who made India their home as the British turned from traders to empire-builders, and is interspersed with period photographs, paintings and sketches.  This is a delightful evocation of a vanished world.
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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 Sahibs India: Vignettes from the Raj
Author Pran Nevile
Format Softcover
Date published: 17.12.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 780143066910
length xii+243p., Illustrations; 20cm.