1. William Logan’s ‘Malabar Manual’
The book Malabar, written by William Logan is generally seen mentioned as Malabar Manual. This is a very detailed book on the history of Malabar.
One can get to see how the different kingdoms in the two Malabars were connected together and made into a district inside Madras Presidency from this book. The efforts of the erstwhile English East India Company, as well as that of the British government, to bring in social, cultural and economic improvement in the local populaces can be seen from this book.
I have written a commentary on this book. This commentary is attached to the beginning part of this book here. The commentary is very detailed and long.
In this commentary, the mood and mentality of the various local populations is very clearly delineated.
2. MEIN KAMPF by Adolf Hitler - A demystification!
This digital book contains more than 700 quotes from Adolf Hitler’s much disparaged Mein Kampf. I have simply added annotations to these quotes.
Mein Kampf is a book written by an anglophile. Foolish England went into a war in which it had no business to enter.
As to Hitler, success was led to his disaster. But then, various successes over the centuries are also what have led pristine-England to various disasters!
3. Oscar Wilde and Myself by Lord Alfred Douglas
The book is essentially Alfred Douglas’ version of what really happened. It is good quality writing. From a person who obviously is from a high mental stamina.
In this book my commentary can also be found. This commentary is not about the events mentioned in the book. It is rather an attempt to see if the events had been triggered by an insidious attempt by a feudal language mentality to wreak havoc upon a planar language (pristine-English) social set up.
Since I am not from either of the language systems therein, the discourse is more or less exploratory. However, the whole of the thought-stream might be quite novel and sort of outlandish for people who have not heard of such a thing as ‘feudal language’.
From this perspective, it might be mentioned that this book might contain solid information on what might be going wrong in the vital insides of all native-English nations, as they get constantly bombarded with population groups whose innate language codes are not known or understood.
4. Native life in Travancore by The Rev. Samuel Mateer
NATIVE LIFE IN TRAVANCORE is a book written by The REV. SAMUEL MATEER, F.L.S. of the London Missionary Society.
Though this book focuses on the actual social realities of the Travancore kingdom during the 1800s, what has been portrayed can literally reflect the social scene in the various locations of the South Asian Subcontinent of those times.
The various populations arranged in a vertical hierarchical social order with each of them suppressing those populations that came below them. And at the same time extending homage and respect to those who came above them.
The plight of the bound-to-the-soil slaves is a very revealing one, in that it can very easily be seen that that the oft-mentioned black slavery in the USA was not at all any kind of slavery at all, in comparison and actuality.
With the advent of the English rule in the neighbouring location of Madras Presidency, Travancore slowly came under pressure to remove the social shackles that had been there for centuries. The efforts for this from all quarters including from that of the legendary Missionaries of the London Missionary Society, the Travancore Royal family and the English East India Company and later of the British Crown administration of British India, can all be seen mentioned or hinted at.
In retrospection, the grand gullibility and stupidity of the English Company rule can also be pondered upon. In that the English rule took up the issue of improving the lot of ungrateful populations, which were all mentally tied up to the irascible codes of native feudal languages.
My commentary tries to present the realities from a panoramic perspective.
5. Castes and Tribes of Southern India by Edgar Thurston - Vol 1 (out of 7)
The writings of Edgar Thurston are not a totally unknown commodity for me. In fact, I have already done a digital book creation of his famous work: OMENS AND SUPERSTITIONS OF SOUTHERN INDIA.
I am totally impressed by him. There are a lot of superlative words that I can mention about him and his works. However, they might be quite supercilious in that, there is no specific need to eulogise Thurston and his writings. (As an aside, I should mention very categorically that I do find most items connected to the English rule in the subcontinent also as of quite superlative character and content.)
The writings of Thurston are quite good in what they attempted to do. No accusation of racism or other foolish definitions can rightfully be used to define his intentions.
I do not intend to write any more words of praise about this writings. My intentions here are to seek out the limitations or location of incompleteness in his writings and understandings. And also to better understand as to what really took place, as he worked on his writing projects.
As has become a sort of signature style in me, I intend to use the impressionistic method to understand many things. For one thing, I was not present in the age he lived. Second, I do not know much about him as a person. Whatever I know about him are merely what I gathered from two of his books, which I presumably have read completely. Even though in a most perfunctory manner.
Of the Castes and tribes of Southern India, I have read only Part I completely. As to the other parts, I should admit that I have gone through some pages in some of them, when I sought to find some information on certain castes.
This book, I understand is a very powerful record of the immensity of mutually competing populations that had existed in this land.
6. Omens and Superstitions of Southern India by Edgar Thurston
Edgar Thurston was one of the most famous of ethnographic researchers of the English rule days in certain locations of South Asian Subcontinent. The subcontinent is currently occupied by Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.
Omens and Superstitions of Southern India is one of his famous books. This book deals with the innumerable rites, rituals, customs, spiritual beliefs, superstitions, omens and such other themes connected to the antiquity of the southern parts of the subcontinent.
He has done very detailed descriptive writings on such subjects as omens, superstitions, evil eye, serpent worship, spiritual offerings, charms, human and animal sacrifices, mantras, divinations, fortune-telling, agricultural ceremonies &c.
For those who are interested in getting to know of the real antiquities of this location, this book is most recommendable.
I have not added any commentary on this book. However, some annotations on some items in this book can be found in my book: Software codes of mantra, tantra, witchcraft, black magic, evil eye, evil tongue &c.
7. Travancore State Manual by V. Nagam Aiya
This book is volume one of Travancore State Manual, written or at least prepared by V Nagam Aiya.
Volume one is a very detailed history of Travancore, written from a very modern perspective. The general mood of the book is that of adoration for the English rule in next-door British India. However, Nagam Aiya, himself, was a citizen of British India, and not a native subject of Travancore kingdom.
I get to feel that there might be a different perspective in the subsequent two volumes. However, I am not sure about this.
If one is aware of certain items like the Tamil antiquity of Travancore kingdom, the existence of domestic cattle class human slaves &c., the way the deliberate and also the inadvertent exertions of the English rule in next-door British India, did bring in massive social changes in the kingdom can be discerned.
I have written a commentary on this book. It may be noted that this was my first attempt at creating readable digital books on old time books. And my first commentary of this genre.
8. The Native Races of South Africa by George W. Stow. F.G.S., F.R.G.S.
This book contains the full text of THE NATIVE RACES OF SOUTH AFRICA written by GEORGE W. STOW, F.G.S., F.R.G.S.
This book, THE NATIVE RACES OF SOUTH AFRICA written by GEORGE W. STOW, F.G.S., F.R.G.S. does suffer from this defect. That is, the writer of this book has written this book containing a huge content of details. However, everything does sort of skim over the surface. The hidden codes and their machine-work have been totally missed. Or rather, there is not even a thought that such hidden things, non-tangible to a native-English mind, would be there in existence.
Various population groups are being studied. Their strange or bizarre actions or social conventions are detailed. However, there is no information on why the persons behave in such a strange manner.
This is an insight that I did have when I was reading the books written by the officials of the erstwhile English East India Company or by the British officials of British-India. They detail the social system, conventions, inhibitions, strictures, repulsions &c. Beyond that, they have no more information on the social machinery.
That much is the defect. However, as mentioned earlier, it is not a rare defect in native-English writers of yore.
Speaking about what the book contains, it may be admitted that it does contain a lot of information, for a person who knows what to look for. This again is a very profound statement. It is like a native-Englishman coming to South Asia and finding everyone quite friendly, welcoming and affectionate. However, if the person knows something about the sinister sides of feudal languages, then he or she can know what to look for. A very friendly and affable outward demeanour is a powerful way to trap or allure a wary or unwary antagonist or someone they want to subdue. In feudal languages, there are actually two extremely opposite poses possible.
It may be mentioned here that the native-English colonial behaviour was exemplary and totally opposite to that of the Continental Europeans. However that cannot be expected anymore, because the native-English are now in close contact with the feudal language speakers and many of them are being taught by feudal language teachers.
A commentary on Kamasutra
There is an offhand tendency to connect the word ‘Kamasutra’ with pornography and erotic literature.
However, as of now, if anyone were to read Kamasutra for getting erotic pleasure, it might end up as a very futile endeavour.
Kamsutra is not erotic literature. Instead, it is a deep study on the subject matter of man-woman sensual relationship, in a feudal language social system.
This book deals with the various and varied aspects connecting to this item.