His father had been a journalist who served in the Indian Army at Kasauli , near Simla during World War I , and it was the stories that his father told him about India that first introduced him to the culture of the country to which he would devote his professional career. As a child, he was also introduced to music and learnt to play the piano to a high standard, writing a number of his own compositions by the age of sixteen. One morning in we noticed that an upright piano had been left from a performance the previous evening. Upon arrival for his lecture, Prof Basham calmly strolled over to the piano, sat down and played the most beautiful Chopin for five minutes or so. A standing ovation from his students followed. I can still see him striding across the campus, pipe-in-mouth, forty years later.
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A section deals with the influence of India on South-east asia and China, and also contacts with Europe. Contents 1 Introduction : A. Burrow 20 4 The early Dravidians : John P. Basham 51 7 Hinduism : S. Upadhye 10 Philosophy : S. Das Gupta 11 Social and political thought and institutions : J. Duncan M. Derrett 12 Science : H. Winter 13 Ancient and modern languages : t. Burrow 14 Classical literature : A. Warder 15 Early art and architecture : P. Rawson 16 Music : N. Rizvi 18 Medieval Hindu devotionalism : J.
Jordens 19 Islam in medieval India : S. Loofs 32 Indian influences on China : J. Rawlinson 35 Conclusion : A. Winter, p. Portuguese in India from Harrison, J. A less noxious gift from S America was the pineapple, brought to Europe by Cortez in , carried by the Portuguese to India, and sufficiently established there in the same century for the Mughal emperor to have one on his table daily.
The muslim name for the cashew - bAdAm-i-firangi - reveals that this tree, now naturalized in the Konkan [and Orissa] and the Chittagong hills, was also a Portuguese introduction. There has been argument about whether maize was really brought to India by the Portuguese, but that they introduced the peanut from Africa, the mandioca from which tapioca is made, and the sweet potato seems certain enough. Even the familiar Indian lAl mirich or red pepper turns out to have been brought by themm from Pernambuco.
Since the Portuguese crown exercised the powers of patron over the Roman Catholic Church in India, the spread of Portuguese in that community Throughout the 18th c, the ministers of the East India Co were required to learn Portuguese.
Portuguese merchants established Portuguese as a kind of lingua franca in all the sea-ports of India Lockyer. Clive, who was never able to give an order in any Indian language, spoke Portuguese with fluency.
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Arthur Llewellyn Basham
A Cultural History of India
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