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Begums, Thugs and White Mughals - Fanny Parkes

Begums, Thugs and White Mughals

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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.

"one of the best accounts of this period" Indira Ghose, Memsahibs Abroad

Glossary
Map
Dedication
Invocation
Departure from Englandp. 1
Carnicobarp. 9
Life in Indiap. 14
Residence in Calcuttap. 23
Residence in Calcuttap. 28
Residence in Calcuttap. 34
Departure from the Presidencyp. 37
Life in the Mofussilp. 46
Residence at Allahabadp. 51
Life in the Zenanap. 59
Residence at Pragp. 67
Sketches of Allahabadp. 72
Removal to Cawnpore - Confessions of a Thugp. 75
Residence at Cawnporep. 81
The Thug's Dice - Execution of Eleven Thugsp. 89
Residence at Cawnpore - The Dewalip. 94
Scenes in Oudep. 103
Revelations of Life in the Zenanap. 112
The Return to Allahabad - Execution of twenty-five Thugsp. 117
Scenes at Allahabadp. 126
Life in the Zenanap. 132
Adventures in the Eastp. 138
The Great Fair at Allahabadp. 143
The Nut Logp. 149
The Cholerap. 154
The Muharramp. 160
White Ants and Cold Mornings for Huntingp. 165
Pilgrimage to the Tajp. 169
Pilgrimage to the Tajp. 180
The Taj Mahalp. 187
Pleasant Days at Agrap. 194
Revelations of Life in the Zenanap. 198
Life in the Zenana and Chita Huntingp. 207
Fatehpur Sikri and Colonel Gardnerp. 215
The Marriagep. 224
The Baratp. 236
The Chaotreep. 243
The Mahratta Camp and Zenanap. 251
The Nawab Hakim Mehndi and the City of Kannaujp. 258
The Mahratta Camp and Scenes in the Zenanap. 268
The Mahrattas at Allahabadp. 274
Tufans in the Eastp. 282
From Ghazipur to Balliap. 289
Sketches in Bengal - The Sunderbandsp. 291
The Famine at Kannaujp. 300
Pleasant Days in Campp. 306
Ruins of Delhip. 311
Ancient Delhi - The Zenana Gharp. 317
Departure for the Hills - Landowrp. 325
Picturesque Scenes in the Hillsp. 331
Life in the Hillsp. 336
Departure from the Hillsp. 340
Department from Allahabadp. 347
Arrival in Calcutta - the Madagascarp. 350
Departure from St. Helenap. 358
The Farewellp. 362
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780907871880
ISBN-10: 0907871887
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 29th November 2002
Publisher: Eland Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.1  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.51