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The Project Gutenberg EBook of By-Ways of Bombay, by S. M. Edwardes, C.V.O. This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net Title: By-Ways of Bombay Author: S. M. Edwardes, C.V.O. Release Date: November 12, 2003 [EBook #10071] Language: English *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK BY-WAYS OF BOMBAY ***
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BY-WAYS OF BOMBAY.
BY S. M. EDWARDES, C.V.O.
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION.
The various chapters of this book originally appeared under the nom-de-plume of "Etonensis" in the Times of India, to the proprietors of which journal I am indebted for permission to publish them in book-form, They cannot claim to be considered critical studies, but are merely a brief record of persons whom I have met and of things that I have seen during several years' service as a Government official in Bombay. In placing them before the public in their present form, I can only hope that they will be found of brief interest by those unacquainted with the inner life of the City of Bombay.
HEAD POLICE OFFICE,
BOMBAY, June 1912.
S. M. E.
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.
The first edition of "By-ways of Bombay" having been sold out within a month, Messrs Taraporevala Sons and Co. have ...

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The Project Gutenberg EBook of By-Ways of Bombay, by S. M. Edwardes, C.V.O.
This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net
Title: By-Ways of Bombay
Author: S. M. Edwardes, C.V.O.
Release Date: November 12, 2003 [EBook #10071]
Language: English
START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK BY-WAYS OF BOMBAY *** ***
Produced by Eric Eldred, Jerry Fairbanks, and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team
S. M. E.
BOMBAY,June 1912.
HEAD POLICEOFFICE,
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION.
 nom-de-plumeof "Etonensis" in theTimes of India, to the proprietors of which journal I am indebted for permission to publish them in book-form, They cannot claim to be considered critical studies, but are merely a brief record of persons whom I have met and of things that I have seen during several years' service as a Government official in Bombay. In placing them before the public in their present form, I can only hope that they will be found of brief interest by those unacquainted with the inner life of the City of Bombay.
BY
S. M. EDWARDES, C.V.O.
BY-WAYS OF BOMBAY.
ob so kofo siht apy arpegirillnaTeh chapter variousernd uedhe t
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.
The first edition of "By-ways of Bombay" having been sold out within a month, Messrs Taraporevala Sons and Co. have interested themselves in publishing the present edition which includes several illustrations by Mr. M. V. Dhurandhar and an additional article on the Tilak Riots which appeared in theBombay Gazettein August, 1908. My acknowledgments are due to the Editor for permission to republish this article.
HEAD POLICEOFFICE,
BOMBAY.November, 1912.
S. M. EDWARDES.
CONTENTS
I. The Spirit of Chandrabai
II. Bombay Scenes
III. Shadows of Night
IV. The Birthplace of Shivaji
V. The Story of Imtiazan
VI. The Bombay Mohurrum
VII. The Possession of Afiza
VIII. A Kasumba Den
IX. The Ganesh Caves
X. A Bhandari Mystery
XI. Scenes in Bombay
XII. Citizens of Bombay
XIII. The Sidis of Bombay
XIV. A Konkan Legend
XV. Nur Jan
XVI. Governor and Koli
XVII. The Tribe Errant
XVIII. The Pandu-Lena Caves
XIX. Fateh Muhammad
XX. The Tilak Riots
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THESPIRIT OFCHANDRABAI.
A STUDYIN PROTECTIVEMAGIC.
ILLUSTRATIONS. 1. Spirit of Chandrabai 2. A Mill-hand 3. A Marwari selling Batasa 4. The seller of "Malpurwa Jaleibi" 5. A Koli woman 6. The "Pan Seller " 7. An Opium Club 8. A "Madak-khana" 9. Imtiazan 10. The Possession of Afiza 11. A Bhandari Mystery 12. An Arab 13. A Bombay Memon 14. Sidis of Bombay 15. The Parshurama and the Chitpavans 16. Nur Jan 17. A Koli 18. A Deccani Fruit-seller 19. The Coffee-seller 20. Fateh Muhammad
[Illustration: The Spirit of Chandrabai]
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