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A sex scandal in the Raj – how a mixed-race couple were ruined by rumours in 19th-century India

In Appeal to the Ladies of Hyderabad: Scandal in the Raj reveals the underbelly of the British Raj in 19th-century India. It follows Mehdi Hasan and Ellen Donnelly, whose marriage was pulled apart by high society.

In Appeal to the Ladies of Hyderabad: Scandal in the Raj reveals the underbelly of the British Raj in 19th-century India. It follows Mehdi Hasan and Ellen Donnelly, whose marriage was pulled apart by high society.

16 Jul 2019 - 12:55PM
How Indian magic, illusion in its highest art form, came to the West and opened up new, mysterious worlds

Empire of Enchantment by John Zubrzycki delves into the fascinating history of Indian magic and reveals how the country’s magicians first came to the West, where they showed their counterparts a thing or two.

Empire of Enchantment by John Zubrzycki delves into the fascinating history of Indian magic and reveals how the country’s magicians first came to the West, where they showed their counterparts a thing or two.

31 Jul 2018 - 12:27PM
Review | A lot of sex and Sanskrit: former monk’s record of his mission to democratise sexual love in Tibet shines in new translation

Gendun Chopel gave up his monastic vows and travelled to India in 1934 to ‘eliminate misconceptions about the passion of desire’; he writes of women’s equal role in the joys of sex – a break with traditional thinking at that time

Gendun Chopel gave up his monastic vows and travelled to India in 1934 to ‘eliminate misconceptions about the passion of desire’; he writes of women’s equal role in the joys of sex – a break with traditional thinking at that time

25 Apr 2018 - 6:39PM