INTRODUCTION

A few years before large parts of India rose up in rebellion against British rule in 1857, Horatio Smith wrote in theCalcutta Reviewof the Indian that he and the rest of his countrymen were most familiar with: The most superficial observer of Bengali manners must know that their games and sports are...

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Published in: Nation at Play p. 1
Main Author: RONOJOY SEN
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: Columbia University Press 10-27-2015
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Summary: A few years before large parts of India rose up in rebellion against British rule in 1857, Horatio Smith wrote in theCalcutta Reviewof the Indian that he and the rest of his countrymen were most familiar with: The most superficial observer of Bengali manners must know that their games and sports are, for the most part, sedentary … [h]is maxim being that “walking is better than running, standing than walking, sitting than standing, and lying down best of all,” his amusements have to be for the most part sedentary.¹ He then went on to list the sports that
DOI: 10.7312/sen-16490.4