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Title From Sepoy to Subadar: Being the life and adventures of a native officer of the Bengal army written and related by himself by Soobadar SeetaramTranslated by Lieutenant- Colonel Norgate.
Section Section II: Empire Writing & the Literature of Empire
Date 1911
Document Type Printed Book
Place of Publication Calcutta
Publisher The Baptist Mission Press
Library British Library
Reference 14156.ggg.11
Notes 3rd Edition. First edition published in 1873.
Region South Asia
Names Soobadar Seetaram, Subahdar sitarama, Lieutenant- Colonel Norgate, Lieutenant- Colonel D. C. Phillott (ed), Governor General Hastings (p22), Maharajah Scindia (pp41, 43), General Lonyocty, Governor of Delhi (p48), Durjan Sahu (p48), Maharaja Bulwunt (p52), Shaj Soojah (pp76, 80, 83), General Elphinstone (p84)
Places India, Oude (pp1, 111), Agra (pp8, 9, 36), Ahunpoora (p37), Jeypoor (p36), Bharatpur (p49), Lahore (p109), Calcutta (p111), Afghanistan (pp60, 64), Kandahar, Cabool, Kabul (pp64-67, 75, 81, 85)
Topics memoir, colonised, indigenous, soldier, sepoy, military life, Hindu culture, Hindusim, caste (pp1, 15, 27, 35, 42, 47, 60, 89, 93, 129), Thugs (pp6, 8), Taj Mahal (p9), Indian village attitude to white women (p9), joining army (p10), perception of strength of white men (pp10-12), skin, body (p10), attitude to eggs (p11), European attitude towards Indian recruit (p11), army medical (p11), treatment in army (pp13, 14), attitude to British officers towards Indian soldiers (pp14, 16, 17, 46, 121-123), hunting (p15), impact of jungle clearance on tiger numbers (p15), attitude toward Muslims (pp15, 38), inter-racial affairs, sexuality, Indian women living with British officers (p15), affairs with British officers (p75), use of Indian language by European officers (p15), 'Indian mutiny' (pp16-17, 52, 55, 59, 93, 114, 123), treatment of loyal Hindu soldiers during 'Indian mutiny' (p115), incitement to mutiny by Muslims, Afghans, and Persians (p94), mutiny (p94), fear of mutiny (p113), Muslims blamed for starting 'Indian mutiny', colonial conflict, battles, fighting, skirmishes (pp18, 20, 37, 38, 40, 41, 42, 50, 62, 77, 81, 86, 99, 104), health and disease (pp20, 33, 63, 73, 78, 103), cholera (p33), frost bite (pp73, 78), attitude to mercy after battles (pp21, 43), bandits (p23), Pindarees (pp23, 30, 39), views on British victories and 'invincibility' (pp24, 50, 52, 94), differences between British army and Indian armies of Rajah or Nawab (p24), British attitude to alcohol (p25), marriage (pp34, 48), arranged marriage, unreliable postal service (p36), natural history, wild elephants (p21), giraffes (p36), Ostrich (p37), children (p39), promotion (p40), siege (p42), mine for explosives (pp42-43, 49, 50), duel (pp46, 107), looting (p50), debt of officers (p53), crime and punishment, law (pp53, 54, 129), attitude to discipline and power (p55), deteriorating morale in British army's foreign elements (pp57-58), Islam, Mohammedanism (pp82, 93, 123, 125), anti colonial feeling of Muslims (p60), burka, boorka, veil (p74), slavery, captured and sold as slave in Kabul (p81), Sikhs (pp95, 109), transport, railway (p110), corruption (p126)