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An American Boyhood in British India by Stanley Brush Print E-mail
Stanley Brush

Stan retired as a university professor, specializing in the cultural and social history of the Indian sub-continent. He speaks in an English reflective of his boyhood in India. This made lectures easy to understand for his Pakistani students at Forman Christian College and Punjab University, Lahore.  Stan describes his Urdu proficiency as "serviceable."

Editor's note: This story is excerpted, with permission, from Farewell the Winterline: Memories of a Boyhood in India by Stanley E. Brush, Chipkali Creations • 192 Ezra Avenue • Santa Rosa CA 95401. An online version of the book is available at

Mumbai's Lasting Legacy by Uma Lele Print E-mail
Uma Lele


Uma Lele is a former senior adviser at the World Bank and currently serves as an adviser to a number of international organizations.

Editor's note: This article is a slightly adapted version of an original that was published by the Far Eastern Economic Review, December 6, 2008. It was written in response to the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in November 2008. One of the major points of attack was the Taj Mahal hotel.

Memories of India by David Shoenberg Print E-mail

Professor David Shoenberg, born in 1911, was an undergraduate, Lecturer and Reader, and in 1973, Professor of Physics at Cambridge Univeristy. He was a worldwide authority on low-temperature physics. He passed away in 2004.

***Editor’s Note: This article is reproduced from Current Science, Vol. 77, No. 7, 10 October 1999 published by Current Science Association, Bangalore.

When I came to Cambridge as an undergraduate late in 1929, I knew very little about India beyond having read exotic stories such as Kipling's Jungle Book and, of course, almost daily news of the struggle for independence, with which I found myself in sympathy.

Trauma of Widow Tonsure During 1920s by Jyotsna Kamat Print E-mail
Jyotsna Kamat

Jyotsna, who has a Ph.D. in History, has been a teacher (Women's Training College, Dharwad), researcher (Karnatak University, Dharwad), and broadcaster (All India Radio, Dharwad, Bangalore, Mysore, Calcutta, Bombay, Jaipur).  She speaks Konkani, Kannada, English, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, and Sanskrit, has written many books and articles, and has received a number of awards, including  Karnataka Literary  Academy Award 1988 (for the book Karnatakada Shikshana Parampare), and Rajyotsava Award 1991. A widow, she lives in Bangalore and blogs at

Editor's note: This article is reproduced from with the author's permission. Another story that discusses the shaving of a widow's head is Number 2898, Saraswatipuram by T.S. Nagarajan.

Parvatibai Athavale (1870-1955), sister-in-law of Professor Dhondo Keshav Karve, the great social reformer, was widowed in her 20's. She had to undergo all strictures including tonsure. Later she decided to grow hair to set an example.

Buddan Sahib and the Mysore Tonga by M.P.V. Shenoi Print E-mail

Shenoi, a civil engineer and MBA, rose to the rank of Deputy Director-General of Works in the Indian Defence Service of Engineers. He has also been a member of HUDCO’s advisory board and of the planning team for Navi Mumbai. After retirement he has been helping NGOs in employment-oriented training, writing articles related to all aspects of housing, urban settlements, infrastructure, project and facility management and advising several companies on these issues. His email id is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Editor's note: This story has two parts. Buddan Sahib is the focus of the first part while the Mysore Tonga is the focus of the second part.

His full name was Ali Hussein Buddan Sahib. But hardly any one knew him by that name; none of his customers, not even the regulars. To all of them he was Buddan sahib.

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