The Institute of International Education invites you to attend a book launch event in celebration of The Raj on the Move: Story of the Dak Bungalow, the recent publication authored by Rajika Bhandari, Deputy Vice President of Research and Evaluation. The event will include a reading by the author and a moderated discussion with Wall Street Journal arts and culture writer Vibhuti Patel, followed by a reception. Books will be available for purchase with cash only. To register your attendance, please RSVP below.
April 23, 2013
Institute of International Education (IIE)
809 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY
About the Book
Established in the 1840s by the British, dak or post bungalows forever changed the way officers of the Empire and their families travelled across the subcontinent and got to know the real India. With most of the British Raj perpetually on the move, whether on tour or during the summer migration to the hills, dak bungalow travel inspired a brotherhood of sorts for generations of British and Indian officers, who could recount tales of horrid dak bungalow food, a crazed cook, and the time their only companion at the bungalow was a tiger on the loose.
In The Raj on the Move: Story of the Dak Bungalow, Rajika Bhandari weaves together history, architecture, and travel to take us on a fascinating journey of India's British-era dak bungalows and post houses, following, quite literally, in the footsteps of travelers who stayed in these bungalows over the past two centuries. Her search takes her from the early-19th century memoirs and travelogues of British women, to traveling from the original colonial outpost of Madras in the south to the deep interiors of Madhya Pradesh, the heart of British India. Evoking the stories of Rudyard Kipling and Ruskin Bond, and filled with fascinating tidbits and amusing anecdotes, the book unearths local folklore about these remote and mysterious buildings, from the crotchety cooks and their delectable chicken dishes to the resident ghosts that still walk the halls at night.
About the Author
Rajika Bhandari, writer and researcher, is the author of the book, The Raj on the Move: Story of the Dak Bungalow. Her nonfiction writing spans travel and personal essays and has appeared in independent magazines and journals in the U.S. and in National Geographic Traveller and Man’s World magazines. In addition to writing creative nonfiction, Rajika is also the author of four books on international higher education. Originally from New Delhi, she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.