Days of the Raj: Life and Leisure in British India

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British India generated the largest imperial archive in the world. From the stacks of administrative reports, minutes, instruction ,manuals, memoirs, letters, reports, cookbooks and travelogues the British left behind, this engaging volume uncovers the minutiae of the social life, leisure and relaxation- the obverse side of the usual picture of the English steadfastly battling the heat and fatigue as they riled India. Days of the Raj reproduces first- hand accounts of homesickness, club culture, mountaineering, Christmas and station parties, and also records British responses to notch 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.

 

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Pramod K. 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 leisure.

Pramod K. Nayar teachers at the Department of English, University of Hyderabad, India. He was Smuts Visiting Fellow in Commonwealth Studies (Cambridge University, UK) during 2000- 2001, Charles Wallace India Trust- British Council Fellow (University of Kent at Canterbury) is 2001, and Fulbright Senior Fellow (Cornell ) during 2005-06. His recent books include An Introduction to New media and Cyber cultures (Wiley-Blackwell 2010), Packaging Life: Cultures of the Everyday (Sage 2009), Seeing Stars: Spectacle, Society and Celebrity Culture Sage2009), English Writing and India, 1600-1920: Colonizing Aesthetics ( Routledge, 2008) a

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