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Unwoven carpet of Hindustan by Irene Bose. A memoir written by Mrs. Bose from time to time throughout her life in India. (C.1926 – 1974). TS 211 pp.

  • Beginning of welfare work in cotton mill – mistakes and problems – the enormous social problems, customs and beliefs – the tragedy and the beauty of Indian village life.
  • Marries Vivian Bose, an Indian, and a High Court Judge. Description of the family house and city. Entrance into the family and an appreciation of the great personality of her husband’s grandfather. Household management.
  • Starts educational village work again. Picks on Koradi as being suitable.
  • Preliminary discussions in the village for permission to begin.
  • Miss D., the social worker, begins with medicine. Her reception. Results of this medical beginning. Miss D. moves to a house nearby in Mahdulla.
  • Time-sense in timeless people. Lord Irwin, Bhagwat the headman, and the well. Profile of Bhagwat. Progress and village life. Characters and small incidents in village life.
  • A journey into the jungle. Christmas in tribal territory.
  • Entertaining a variety of people in the war.
  • Beginning a new village school. Success and problems of water and caste. Adult classes begin. Comments and incidents which the school brings.
  • The multifarous consequences of the school. First visit to grandfather’s house in Calcutta. Traditional relationships.
  • Description of a three day fair for children.
  • Famine – and famine relief organisation – aspects of hunger.
  • Discussions about religious beliefs and marriage.
  • Jumble sale and the incredible jumble.
  • Famine again – broken rice sold. Critique of government policy -Grain shop and the tragedies of famine.
  • Grain shop put on Government rationing scheme. Incidents in the grain shop.
  • From grain ship to Investiture.
  • An act of great courtesy done by the men of the village.
  • The visit of a saddhu.
  • The case of a boy with a broken hip.
  • Goats.
  • Three day Viceregal visit to the city.
  • Gandhi – incidents of meetings.
  • The visit of a Scandinavian woman who tries unsuccessfully to reform the village.
  • Incidents of a sick child, a sick woman, a kitten – all indicative of Indian village life.
  • Dasera Festival described.
  • Statue of Queen Victoria.
  • Incident of a woman who had been imprisoned during the war as part of the Quit India Movement.
  • Small, very illustrative incidents of life in India and Indian characteristics.
  • Flashback to cholera epidemic, and the fight against superstition, ignorance, and the disease.
  • News of Gandhi’s death and the following day of universal common prayer.


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