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ayrshiretattie

"North West Frontier"

...Is on the telly just now. Kenneth More, Lauren Bacall on a train journey through turn of the century India.

Complete with excellent comic relief from the MacPhail-ish dedicated engine driver, Gupta.  

I really love clash of cultures tales of the English in India, and the Indians bumping along with the British ridiculousness, and saving the day and being emininently wiser every time.

Has anyone got any recommendations bookwise or other fillumwise for this sorta thing? I wouldn't know where to start.
Boudleaux C Merkin

Carry on up the Khyber.
ayrshiretattie

Sad

Nae Indians in Carry On Up the Khyber!
dosser

Whit aboot Passage to India. David Lean fillum.
dosser

Anither wan is Bandit Queen. A amazin' fillum.

(Ah ken the title soonds a bit like Bruce Willis Goes tae Bollywood or sum sic keech, but Ah promise ye, it's a bluidy guid fillum - and it's creditit wi' gettin' ta real life Poonah Devi oot o' jile.
Boudleaux C Merkin

dosser wrote:
Anither wan is Bandit Queen. A amazin' fillum.

(Ah ken the title soonds a bit like Bruce Willis Goes tae Bollywood or sum sic keech, but Ah promise ye, it's a bluidy guid fillum - and it's creditit wi' gettin' ta real life Poonah Devi oot o' jile.


Much good it did her! Poor bugger wiz murdered.
dosser

Weel, this is troo. But ye cannae hae everything.

(Naebdie wiz ever arrestit furrit miether.)
ayrshiretattie

Thanks folks.

NWF was immediately followed today by a brilliant, brilliant wee film I'd never heard of, "Two Men Went to War".

Recently made and based on a true story - two dentists in WW2 desperate to see active service abscond from the army and go to France for a spot of sobotage armed with a bag of hand grenades and various dental tools. Complete with scenes in the War Rooms under London (and 'Winnie' himself!), it was excellent. An eccentric, understated wee British film with many laff out loud moments.
notascot

Flashman
notanimby

Wan of ma favurit filums, although not Indian based, but in a similar vein is "Went The Day Well" it is a wartime flagwaver in the vein of The Eagle huz landed but much bettur
Saxy

The Siege of Krishnapur by J.G.Farrell is the one for you Tattie. How the Britishers held out in a terrible (makey uppy) seige by those nasty natives, apart from the good ones who did what they were told. It won the Booker Prize in 1973. I enjoyed it, especially as I read it when I was not long back from India so could vividly see and smell it too. Anyone who's wandered about the place will know what I mean about the smells. The book is funny in places, and decidedly old fashioned in style. Maybe a little longer than it has to be, but as I say, I enjoyed it.

For the Indian point of view, not much about Colonialism, more oppression by the caste system is Untouchable by Mulk Raj Anand. A day in the life of a young Harijan man in the 40's. It actually shows the British up rather well as they didn't really distinguish between castes, everybody was just natives, except fot the very highest castes who were educated abroad and Anglicised.

And for a more modern take on the country and better understanding of it's vast history, William Dalrymple is The Man. A Year in Delhi sets out most of what you need to know about the country's past, and interestingly, the role Scots played in that.
Boudleaux C Merkin

If we're ontae buiks hows aboot V.S.Naipaul's Magic Seeds ( Ah jist goat it fur 25p ) and Half a Life? Fiction, but ye know therr's a wealth o' knowledge aboot the Indian caste system behind it.
And, he's pretty sherp aboot Britain's underclass annaw,
Saxy

Sharp underclaes? Is that whit they Agnus Dei fowk dae?
notanimby

Saxy wrote:
Sharp underclaes? Is that whit they Agnus Dei fowk dae?


Ur angus dei if yer a lauddie

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