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By V. S. Naipaul

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Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul’s impassioned and prescient travelogue of his trips via his ancestral place of birth, with a brand new preface via the author.
Arising out of Naipaul’s lifelong obsession and fervour for a rustic that's right away his and absolutely alien, India: 1000000 Mutinies Now relates the tales of a number of the humans he met touring there greater than fifty years in the past. He explores how they've been advised through the innumerable frictions found in Indian society—the contradictions and compromises of non secular religion, the whim and chaos of random political forces. This e-book represents Naipaul’s final note on his fatherland, complementing his different India travelogues, An region of Darkness and India: A Wounded Civilization.

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Hindu hospitality, which was touched on in the second essay, led to an account in the third of the formal reception given to a bridegroom at his bride’s house and to a detailed description of the wedding ceremony. The information Colebrooke provided on the Sanskrit sources he used to com­ pose these essays was sparse, often limited to ‘the author [now] before me’ (Essays, 1; 158,159, 167,215). In an initial footnote to the second essay, however, he listed five works as his chief guides. ). Differently from his paper ‘On the Duties of a Faithful Hindu Widow’, which consisted primarily of translations of Sanskrit sources, these three essays wove quotations and narrative and featured many first translations of mantras, ‘prayers’, drawn from Vedic and allied sources.

Colebrooke seemed, therefore, to consider that ‘civilized nations’, ‘polished dialects’ and brahmans were in a dynamic and mutually constitutive relationship. According to his informants, most of whom were brahmans, the different languages subsumed in this second class abounded in Sanskrit words and were written in scripts that derived from Devanagari. At first blush, the prominence Colebrooke gave to lexical data looks like a throwback to a period anterior to the emphasis on morphology pioneered by Halhed and Jones (R.

C. C. Sutherland, who resided with Sir George and Lady Colebrooke after his father’s death, asserted that the creditors were ‘ultimately paid in full’ {Life, 3). Always skeptical of family pride, which he described as a ‘weakness’, Colebrooke’s only surviving son was satisfied that this was indeed the case (CFP: Livre de Raison). Yet, even if private creditors were satisfied, issues with unfulfilled government contracts lingered as Colebrooke assumed his new positions. 4 A matter of duty Calcutta, 1802-1807 Back from the frontiers of Wellesley’s expansionism, Colebrooke settled in Cal­ cutta for the remainder of his Indian career.

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