Chapter

Farewell

M.N. Srinivas

in The Remembered Village

Second edition

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780198077459
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081165 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077459.003.0011

Series: Oxford India Perennials Series

Farewell

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This chapter explores the author's thoughts on the last few days of his stay in Rampura. It reflects on how he enjoyed his work and encounters with villagers from different castes and classes. In spite of frequent outbursts of anxiety, he enjoyed his field work. He suffered from deficiencies in collecting information: he did not want to embarrass or upset informants by asking them questions on financial, marital, or domestic matters. Perhaps one of the reasons why the villagers liked him was due to the contrast between their expectations about him as a well-off Brahmin and what he turned out to be. He went to everybody's house, talked with them, and took pictures. He found it difficult to walk uninterruptedly from the Bullock House to wherever he had work. His friends in the village were sad at the prospect of his departure. Before he left, the village threw him a heartfelt farewell party.

Keywords: Rampura; deficiencies in collecting information; village life; Bullock House; farewell party

Chapter.  4897 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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