Mulji Essay In English

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Karsandas Mulji also had to face the uproar of his Baniya community when he planned his visit to England in 1863. In his preface to Mulji’s travelogue, Bholabhai Patel offers an increasing fear of forced conversion after the sixteenth century as a point of shift in taking overseas travels. Because in earlier times there are historical records that Indians used to travel to Java, Sumatra, Muscat and Arab countries. As there was unstable rule, Muslim invaders had hold of the country and there was a forced conversion of religion hindered the overseas journey for Hindus. This prohibition on travel by sea was applicable only to upper-caste Brahmins since fisherman, non-Brahmin Hindus and Parsis from Gujarat had been travelling to many parts of the world. Mulji traveled to England with the thought of gaining exposure of their…show more content…
For Malabari, London is not only a fascinating imperial theatre spatially, it also provides discursive space for contrast and comparisons with scenes in India and those in Europe, across which Malabari travelled later. This play of difference and similarity between the so-called colonial periphery and the colonial centre – nuanced by the third axis of continental European cities like Paris or Rome – is present in many other travel texts of the age including Mulji’s travelogue where India is being compared twice – with Paris and England. Unlike Mulji, Malabari did not find German-speaking passengers very agreeable on his boat journey. His initial days in London frustrated him. He felt need for order and quiet in the city. Malabari too takes note of English women how they enjoy dignity and freedom in England. A woman is a presence and a power in Europe. In Asia, a woman is a vague entity, a nebulous birth absorbed in the shadow of artificial
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