Memoirs of a Bengal Civilian

Memoirs of a Bengal Civilian

Memoirs of a Bengal Civilian No one could have invented John Beames whose vibrant and original memoirs were discovered by chance in an attic almost a century after they were written He arrived in India in the year after th

  • Title: Memoirs of a Bengal Civilian
  • Author: John Beames
  • ISBN: 9780907871095
  • Page: 292
  • Format: Paperback
  • No one could have invented John Beames, whose vibrant and original memoirs were discovered by chance in an attic almost a century after they were written He arrived in India in 1858, the year after the Mutiny, and worked there as a civil servant for the next thirty five years, defending powerless peasants against rapacious planters, improvising fifteen gun salutes for visNo one could have invented John Beames, whose vibrant and original memoirs were discovered by chance in an attic almost a century after they were written He arrived in India in 1858, the year after the Mutiny, and worked there as a civil servant for the next thirty five years, defending powerless peasants against rapacious planters, improvising fifteen gun salutes for visiting dignitaries, and presiding over the blissful coast of Orissa His acquaintances spanned from lofty Rajas to dissolute Englishmen Vivid, candid, and without fear of authority Beames was a defiant individual in a huge bureaucracy He writes with a rich, descriptive prose in the manner of Defoe and Dickens Now back in print and in paperback, Beames s Memoirs were originally published in 1961 Chatto Windus and Hippocrene.

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    Fabulous! A fascinating "account of how an ordinary, average Englishman lived in the reign of Queen Victoria" - day to day life and work in different posts in the civil service of the British Raj in India. After Haileybury and his induction in Calcutta Beames was posted to the wild NWFP, Bihar, Orissa and Chittagong.What was it like to be a District Magistrate in post-1857 India? How was India then? This amazing, lively memoir gives an individual, outspoken and defiant perspective. Living histor [...]

    A wonderful piece of history from a civil servant with no particular axe to grid who just tells the story of his life in British India from 1850-1875 approx. Provides an amazing insight into the Raj and shows how good management achieved remarkable results (and bad management the opposite !)A very human story from a clearly family man, happily married with 8 children. I couldn't get over how he left his children back in England and then never saw some of them again in his life.

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