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By Utsa Ray

This ebook makes use of food to appreciate the development of the colonial heart category in Bengal who indigenized new culinary stories due to colonial modernity. This technique of indigenization built sure social practices, together with mind's eye of the act of cooking as a vintage female act and the family kitchen as a sacred area. the method of indigenization used to be a classy selection that used to be imbricated within the higher caste and patriarchal schedule of the middle-class social reform. although, in those acts of mind's eye, there have been vital parts of continuity from the pre-colonial occasions. The ebook establishes the truth that Bengali delicacies can't be classified as indigenist even though it by no means turned commonly commercialized. the purpose was once to cosmopolitanize the household and but retain its tag of 'Bengaliness'. the ensuing food used to be hybrid, in lots of senses like its makers.

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49 Ibid. 51 Hence, it could not be a good substitute for rice. 52 A similarity can be found in this context with British experimentation with cinchona in the Nilgiri Hills in southern India. 53 The cinchona plant was brought from Peru, nurtured in the Kew Garden in Britain and then planted in the Nilgiri Hills. 54 Manioc experiments tell us a similar narrative whereby a locally grown crop was given a different interpretation by the colonial state. Like manioc, the British colonial state tried to introduce potato on a much larger scale than the Portuguese had done in India.

Sometimes the upper rung of the middleclass could afford Venetian blinds and mosaic floors. 1 Many English-educated women also learnt stitching designs with wool on carpets. This practice of making designs on carpets even reached women 1 Nirad C Chaudhuri, The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian (Mumbai:╯Jaico Publishing House, 2000): 439–442, 451; Dinendrakumar Ray, Pallichitra (Kolikata: Ananda, 1983 [1390 BS]): 104, first published in 1904 (1311 BS). For a detailed discussion of the changes in social space within the domestic space, see Rosinka Chaudhuri, Freedom and Beef Steaks: Colonial Calcutta Culture (New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2012).

W. Hunter, A Statistical Account of Bengal: Districts of the Twenty-four Parganas and Sunderbans, vol. 1 (London, 1875), 134–143. 21 Mahajan Shree Santoshnath Seth, “Sahitharatna,”in Bange Chaltatwa (Kolikata 1925 [1332 BS]). , 365–366. 259,089 50,585 23,41,128 2,69,332 13,02,127 21,19,694 13,49,134 55,06,828 6,79,220 25,89,490 27,354 70 547,540 97,824 220,431 339,126 186,535 604,176 53,763 705,056 1,507 1,437 Cwt. 226 24,25,261 4,67,434 11,24,278 16,96,814 9,71,886 30,64,047 3,64,642 36,08,568 2,896 2,670 Rs.

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