Gujarát and the Gujarátis
GUJARÁT AND THE GUJARÁTIS:
Pictures of Men and Manners taken from Life.
BEHRÁMJI M. MALABÁRI,
AUTHOR OF "THE INDIAN MUSE IN ENGLISH GARB," "PLEASURES OF MORALITY," "WILSON-VIRAH," ETC,
EDITOR OF THE "INDIAN SPECTATOR," BOMBAY.
W. H. ALLEN & CO., 13 WATERLOO PLACE.
PUBLISHERS TO THE INDIA 0FFICE
(All rights reserved.)
Honourable James Gibbs
MEMBER OF THE SUPREME COUNCIL OF INDIA.
My dear Mr. Gibbs,
It is now five years since I received your congratulations on the success of my "Indian Muse." Soon after was established an acquaintance upon a formal introduction by our lamented friend Sir Cowasji Jehangir. Looking back to-day on this, to me, long vista of years, I am rejoiced to find traces of your influence not only on my character as a citizen, but as a public writer.
As a friend and adviser of youth, I have often realised in you my ideal of a true English gentleman. There is no Englishman in India—official or non-official—for whom I cherish livelier feelings of esteem. But, above all this, you are known as one of the best friends of my countrymen. As Judge of the High Court, Vice-Chancellor of the University, Member of the Governor's Council at Bombay, and now a Member of the Viceregal Council, you have proved yourself as sincere a friend of India as of England.
For these reasons, and in the hope that these sketches may call up some pleasant memories of your long and honourable connection with Gujarát, I have presumed to borrow the prestige of your name as a sort of passport for my pictures of that most interesting province.
I am, yours sincerely,
|En Route to Ahmedabad||92|
|In to Ahmedabad||104|
|The Borás of Gujarát||152|
|The Village Hajaam||172|
|Scenes in a Small Cause Court||183|
|Scenes in a Mofussil Magistrate's Court||192|
|The Missionary in the Mofussil||207|
|Shett Jamál Gotá, Philanthropist||213|
|Home Life in Gujarát||223|
|The Inimitable Rámáyan||266|
|The Shráwan Más||277|
|The Unholy Holi||290|