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Title Cutch, or, Random Sketches taken during a residence in one of the Northern Provinces of Western India, interspersed with legends and traditions, illustrated with engravings from original drawings by the author
Author(s) Mrs Postans
Section Section II: Empire Writing & the Literature of Empire
Date 1839
Document Type Printed Book
Place of Publication London
Publisher Smith, Elder & Co. Cornhill
Library British Library
Reference 1046.k.14
Region South Asia
Names Marianne Postans, John Fitzgibbon, Earl of Clare (late governor of Bombay) (pv), Prince of Cutch (p33), Vere & Vicramaditya (p18), Sir John Malcolm (p38), Manockjee Cursetjee (p227)
Places India, Western India, Cutch, Camp Bhooj (ppviii, 29), Bombay (pp1, 3), The Runn (ppxviii, 90), Elephanta (p1), Mandavie (pp12, 75), Raipor (p17), Kaira (p27), Anjar (p77), Mecca (p159)
Topics travel writing, contents (pxix), list of illustrations (pxvii), Durbar horseman (pi), sketch of Cutch, the runn and countries adjacent (pxviii), geographical position of Cutch (pxix), transport, liat sea (pp3-8), boats (pp5, 7, 12), communication, postal service in Indian rainy season (p7), Cutch Kotia (p5), vermin (p5), religion, Hindu and Muslim crew (p5), Hinduism (pp5, 34, 59, 62, 78, 83, 99-115, 117, 164), Hindu tombs (pp59-166), Hindu temples (pp78, 100, 154), Hindu festival (p100), Hindu music (p178), Hindu literature (pp188-220), comparison between Hindu ritual and Druid and Saxon culture (p112), pagan (p112), Suttee, Sati (pp62-76), self-inhumation (p72), Islam, Mohammedanism (pp5, 27, 34, 60, 71, 79, 99, 117, 159), pilgrimage (p159), Islamic temple (p27), Islamic tombs (p166), Christianity (pp112, 113, 165), Catholic and Protestant division compared to Hindu and Islam (p117), comparison between Kanphuttees and monastic orders in Europe (p122), Buddhism (p117), Jains (p118), trade (pp10, 12), tradesmen (p173), ivory (p12), cotton (pp12, 14, 243), Banyans (pp10, 15), Brahmins (pp10, 102), Cultivators (p10), children (pp11, 80), child labour (p80), appearance, dress (pp10, 11, 13, 155, 34, 53, 118, 137, 278), caste (pp51, 71, 83, 132, 150), traditional, folk lore, folk tales (pp188-220), romance (pp190, 208), legend of Vere & Vicramaditya (p18), Palace of Rao Daisuljee (p31), luxury goods, jewels (pp35, 54), gold and silver (pp173-177), Durbar (p37), entertainment (p38), wrestling (p41), stud farm (p43), opium (p44, 128, 269), Elephants (p45), feudal land system (p46), Seyed mercenary soldier (p48), status of women, Harem (pp50, 56-58), status of women in India (pp56-58, 62, 132, 144, 276), marriage, polygamy (p50), eunuchs (p50), housing (p80), Fakirs (p81), earthquake (p84), natural history (pp94, 240), sport, hunting (p95), religion (p99), missionary work, evangelism (pp113, 165, 256), conquest, conquered status of Indians (p114), military tribes of Cutch (131), castles (p139), infanticide (pp144-151), education (pp221, 256), juggling, snake charming, magic (p231), agriculture (p240), water quality (p244), industry, mines, coal (p251-252), climate (p259), colonial power (p264)