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Vol. II No. 2 Bulletin April-June 1999

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Book Sections 20-26

Section 20 delves into the prolific depths of Indian Classical language and literature. This section has various sub-divisions like, History, Criticism, Symposia, Philosophy, Grammar, Epics, Puranas, Kavya, Vyakarana and Alankara.

Section 21 includes a wide variety of books on language and literature in various Indian languages. The languages which can be found in this section are Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, Hindustani, Marathi, Pali, Persian, Singhalese, Tamil, Telegu, South Indian Languages and several Tribal languages.

Section 22 has a large collection of books dealing with Anglo- Indian literature.

Section 23 is filled with Novels written in English by Indians like Rabindranath Tagore and non-Indians as well.

Section 24 enlightens us on Anglo-Indian life in India. This section focuses mainly on the lifestyles and customs of the British who lived in India, during the Imperial period.

Section 25 is devoted to the study of Indian Music, in all its various forms, this is a relatively small section.

Section 26 deals in great and minute detail with the study of Indian Archaeology and Architecture. There are several portfolios on Indian temple Architecture, with a number of diagrams and plans.


Letter of Brahmabandhav Upadyaya to Fr. Louis Lacombe, S.J.

Calcutta, 27/1 Cornwallis Street
10th February 1898

Rev. and dear Father,

Since X,mas I have been thinking almost everyday of writing to you. Forgive my apparent negligence.

I had been to Fr. Depelchin and he has told me that he will do his best to help me. He has asked me to draw up a scheme of my mission work.

I can not express in words what I owe to you. The All-knowing Providence alone knows how grateful I am toward you for clearing my way in Calcutta.

I deliver here two lectures they were very well attended and appreciated too. Many come to see me………….

I may leave for Madras in the end of February and be present at Fr. Heraudeau’s retreat. I will take Rewachand with me this time. I must be back in Sindth by the middle of April. If my presence is required longer, for a few souls are progressing at a fair rate towards our Holy Religion – then I think I shall be obliged to deprive myself of the joy of seeing Fr. Billard and yourself and my dear brethren there.

My friend Jogendra Ch. Mitra has taken leave and intends proceeding to Jubbulpore, his father-in-law’s house, to get hold of, if possible, his son.

My loving respects to Fr. Billard and yourself.

Yours affectionately,

In Christ,

(Sd.) Upadhyaya Brahmabandhav

From the Archives of Madurai Jesuit Province

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Book - Reviews

  1. History of Political thought of Modern Bengal by Satyendranath Pal. Though the story of conservative radicalism is of Bengal yet it is tinged with and unknown spirit of permanence. Problems posed by this philosophy are perennial in breadth of vision and fullness of life. They are as urgent today as were yesterday – the issues overflow the space-time continuum. Published by Firma KLM, Calcutta, 1999.

  2. Memoir of India and Avghanistan by J Harlan 1842. This book has observations on the critical state and future prospects of the two countries. It comprises remarks on the massacre of the British Army in Cabul, British policy in India, a detailed descriptive character of Dost Mahomed and his court. The appendix includes the fulfillment of a text of Daniel, in reference to the present (1842) prophetic condition of Mahomedan nations, and the speedy dissolution of the Ottoman Empire.

  3. Early Travels in India 1583-1619 edited by William Foster 1921. This interesting book contains the narratives of seven Englishmen who traveled in Northern and Western India, during the reigns of the Emperors Akbar and Jahangir. Sickness, robbery, threats of violence, were incidents that did not shake the cheerfulness of these travellers and there is little reflection in their narratives of their experiences.

  4. Voyage to the East Indies by John Henry Grose 1757. The book describes the voyage from the Douns to Johanna, an account of Johanna, description of Bombay, Government of Bombay, on the state of landed property on the Island, an overview of the fortifications, public works and buildings of Bombay. The book also studies the state of the Roman Catholic Religion in India, the Mahometan Religion, the Gentoo Religion and the Parsee Religion.

  5. Geographical account of countries around the Bay of Bengal 1669-1679 by Thomas Bowrey 1905. Absorbing accounts of Asia, Chorommandel, Golcondah, Coast of Gingalee, Orixa, Bengala, Pattana, Janselone, Queda and Achin can be found in this book. The book includes a number of quaint illustrations.

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Fields of Studies

Indian Anthropology by T. N. Madan and Gopals Sarana, 1962. Asia Publishing House (7A/115)

The above book reveals its various fields of study, as listed below:

  • The Chetries, Daflas and Sherpas, views on adultery.

  • Asurs and Agarias of India.

  • Anthropological studies in India.

  • Anthropometric surveys.

  • The Ahir of Sind.

  • The Balahi of M P.

  • The Bant of the West-Coast.

  • The Reddis, Gond, Naikpod, Oraons, Santals, Korkus and Juangs.

  • The Baiga of Madhya Pradesh.

  • The Banias of Delhi.

  • The Bene Israelite community of the West Coast.

  • Bhatia, Parsi, Bhadela, Rabari and Miana.

  • Luhana, Khoja, Memon and Sunni Bora.

  • Audich, Brahmins, Kathis, BrahmaKshatries.

  • Koli, Dubla, Nayaka, Macchi and Kharwa.

  • The Bondos of Orissa.

  • Bhils, Bhotias, Birjias, Bhuiyas and the Bhumij.

  • The Birhor of Bihar.

  • Various blood groups of different tribes of India.

  • Village of Bisipara in Orissa.

  • The Brahmans of Bengal, Kanyakubja, Numboodari, Telengana.

  • Brahui, the Dravidian language of Baluchistan.

  • The concept of caste, the biological basis of caste and the definition of caste.

  • An overview of details from the census of India.

  • The Chamar, Dom, Hari and Muchi castes of India.

  • Rules of Commensality, an attribute of the of family.

  • The Coorgs of India.

  • The study of diverse cultures of India.

  • Gods of the Hindu pantheon.

  • Indology and the social anthropology of India.

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New Arrivals

  1. India 1999 compiled by Research, reference and Training Division. Publications Division. Govt. of India. 1999.

  2. Life and thought of a Revolutionary by Julius Lipner, O U P New Delhi, 1999.

  3. Santal Documents compiled by Tarapada Ray, Subarnarekha, Calcutta 1983.

  4. History of Political Thought of Modern Bengal by Satyendranath Pal, Firma KLM, Calcutta 1999.

  5. Oriental Scenery – 200 years by Antonio Martinelli and George Michell. Timeless Books. New Delhi, 1998.

  6. Present history of West Bengal by Partha Chatterjee. O U P New Delhi, 1997.

  7. Swami Vivekananda by William Rodice, O U P Delhi 1998.

  8. Bangladesh Movement 1947-1971 by Gita Chakravarty. Firma KLM Calcutta 1998.

  9. History of Christianity in India Vol 3 by E R Hambye, 1997.

  10. Harmony of Religions-Swami Vivekananda by K P Aleaz 1993.

  11. Sri Chaitanya in the Religions life of India, edited by H C Das 1989.

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