Beyond the Veil - Indian Women in the Raj

Beyond the Veil - Indian Women in the Raj

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author = Pran Nevile
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country = India
language = English
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genre = Indian History Indian Culture
publisher = Nevile Books
release_date = 2005
media_type = Print (Softcover)
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isbn = ISBN 81-901166-0-6
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"Beyond the Veil - Indian Women in the Raj" is a 2005 nonfiction book by Pran Nevile.

Women in India have always been accorded pride of place in both religious and philosophical thought. They were capable of advanced learning in every branch of knowledge and enjoyed high status in society in Vedic times. This was followed by a long period when their status declined and they were relegated behind the veil. The British authors have left behind fascinating descriptive accounts of Indian women, their customs and manners and mode of life during the Raj period. Many of them admire the Indian women for her innate sense of modesty and sing paeans to her womanliness. As regards the visual record by British artists, the western concept of beauty had its impact on their portrayal of Indian women. In this well-researched attempt to look 'beyond the veil' of Indian women, the author has delineated the beauty of Indian woman in such a sensitive manner that you can almost feel her delicate charm and be mesmerised by her electrifying presence. While stylishly portraying he pomp and pageantry of the performing artists, he does not overlook the anguish and pain of the traditional Indian woman, which she overcomes with sheer grit and fortitude. And at no point does he lose control over the narrative which provides a fascinating study of the phenomenon called woman.


* Introduction.
* Women of aristocracy.
* Village women.
* Bibis and mistresses.
* Public entertainers.
* Women at work.
* Women in marriage.
* Dress, ornaments and cosmetics.
* Select bibliography.
* Picture credits.

External links

* [ Pran Nevile's website]

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