Bombay Beggars and Criers 1892
The ‘K.R.’ of this book’s preface was the Indian writer Krishnanath Raghunathji, who later wrote The Hindu Temples of Bombay and contributed to The Indian Antiquary journal. Raghunathji expresses regret that he wasn’t able to photograph the beggars and traders he describes in exhaustive detail. I’ve included some photographs from Forbes and Watson’s 1868 The People of India – sometimes they’re directly relevant to the adjacent text, more often they’re not. Both works, however, share an enthusiasm for listing and categorising their human subjects.
“A beggar begs that never begged before.” - Shak.
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In publishing the Third Edition of my book, I beg to thank the public for their appreciation of my humble efforts to interest them in some of the obscure members of humanity. I have incorporated in this book several extracts from the Bombay Gazzetteer which is a mine of valuable information and I beg to express my heartfelt acknowledgments to the author Dr. J. M. Campbell, C.S., C.L.E, for the help I have thus derived from the book. I regret, I could not carry out my intention of publishing the book, with illustrations, as the people that had to be photographed could not all be got together for the purpose, but earnestly hope that should another edition be called for, I should be able to give the illustrations.