There is no blessing in this work." In those days I rode seventy miles with an English Memsahib
and her babe on my saddle-bow.
It would make sense to be appalled by an all-white band of musicians and a dolled-up English memsahib
performing the ghazals of Khanum Jaan, but only if one claimed the scene as one's own.
"Actually, they are used to calling the managers bada saheb [big boss] and their spouses are referred to as memsahib
Flora Annie Steel: A Critical Study of an Unconventional Memsahib
Was she now the colonial memsahib
? The benevolent bringer of bounty, or the ruthless trader, smiling her way back home?" (118).
I could never be", Centre for South Asian Studies, Cambridge, p.8; cited in Hassan Mushirul (ed) p.42)
There is, of course, the attraction of the little side bet with the 'Memsahib
' on how many murders will take place!
While Modi in this depiction represents a self-made son-of-the-soil, Singh is depicted as a lackey, evoking the colonial trope of serving a memsahib
Jenny Sharpe argues in her famous study, Allegories of Empire, that Flora Annie Steel 'embodies the memsahib
in all her contradictions' (93), as she lived for twenty-two years in India, gaining a very good knowledge of the country, its history and culture and even becoming conversant with one of the main languages of the subcontinent--Punjabi.
El cocinero y sus ayudantes no eran empleados domesticos pasivos que simplemente cumplian con las ordenes de la memsahib
. La emergencia de la gastronomia propia de la poblacion colonizadora itinerante se debio a la evolucion de la agrupacion claramente social, cultural y politica que comprendia a la comunidad europea.
"Politics, Psyche and Feminine Time: Nancy Meckler's Sister, My Sister and Pratibha Parmar's Memsahib
Rita." Feminist Time against Nation Time: Gender Politics and the Nation-State in an Age of Permanent War.
She has co-edited the book The Male Empire under the Female Gaze: The British Raj and the Memsahib
(New York: Cambria, 2013).