A Winter in India: Light Impressions of its Cities, Peoples by Archibald B. Spens

By Archibald B. Spens

A fascinating travelogue set within the British Raj, A wintry weather in India provides a desirable trip throughout humans, customs, languages, towns, monuments, and landscapes. Spens’ exciting and a laugh anecdotes and multifarious reviews — of the rugged Khyber go and its tribes, the army heritage and the Mutiny of 1857 at Kanpur and Lucknow, faith and rituals at Banaras, the grandeur of the "pink" urban Jaipur, the seedy opium dens by way of evening and the "Towers of Silence" by way of day in Mumbai, to a "remembrance of items earlier" in Agra and Delhi — map the altering contours of British Raj in India. It additionally depicts the British engagement with India, and provides insights into its emergence as a contemporary nation.

The new creation through Peter Robb locates Spens’ advanced and wide-ranging explorations of the "Orient" in a historic context. It discusses the ambivalent outlook of the British in the direction of the "East" on the flip of the century, illustrating Spens’ mixture of prejudice and admiration that still typified British attitudes to India, and is helping clarify the nature and effect of imperial rule.

This ebook will deeply curiosity readers of contemporary Indian heritage, trip literature, South Asian reports, cultural anthropology, ethnography, in addition to the final reader.

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