A Benefit of the Raj: The Maid As A Mistress

The Raj is a period in Indian history that will never be obliterated. The Raj is euphuism for British rule and a period that remains an indelible part of Indian history. Unlike the Muslim rule which brought tyranny and suppression of Hindus, the Raj was entirely different. It brought development. The fact is if you read Nirad C Choudry’s book “The continent of Circe” he brings out succinctly that India did not change during Muslims rule and the country remained backward. In addition Muslim rulers imposed the Jizzia tax on Hindus and killed Hindus as a pastime. One of the Michal emperors, I think it was Jahangir killed a Hindu just to savor the taste of killing a Hindu.The British rule in contrast was godsend and India for the first time in 4000 years became one nation as never before. The Hindus were liberated and In addition, the Indians had fringe benefits like the railway, postal services, roads, and industry (Jamshedji set up the first steel plant and Walchand the Aircraft factory). You can’t wish it away.The British left in 1947. They left a rich legacy and whatever one might say their rule was beneficial. Many other gifts trickled down which are not so tangible, but never the less extremely important socially. Some gifts make one wonders are in reality gifts or not, but they are very much part of British rule


LonelinessAt no time as brought out by D Lapaire in his book “Freedom at Midnight” did the British have more than 100,000 Englishmen to govern nearly 350 million Indians. This is on the face of it preposterous but obviously means the vast majority of Indians accepted the Raj and we’re loyal to the crown. These English men were a dedicated lot and worked in distant places, forests, deserts and faraway places as they administered the country. At many places, these English men lived lonely lives and we all know that a lonely man, healthy and virile can succumb to sexual desires, especially if there is a young and nice looking maid working in the house. The English had a retinue of maids working for them and the English as a rule hired only the prettiest of them. This led to what has been termed the Gora Sahib-maid sexual relationship.The maid -sahib relation is thus a hangover of the Raj. Not much has been written about it but many memoirs are available of lonely Britishers who spent hours in the arms of their maids. This is brought out by Lt Col Moolgavakar in his novels. His novels bring out the close sex relations between the masters and the female workers. Many other Indian writers including Kushwant Singh have alluded to it.LiasonThis maid -sahib liaison led to the coming of the Anglo Indians. Mamy if the Anglo’s were product of the Sahib – maid union. Contraceptives were near used resulting in umpteen maids being impregnated by the Sahib. Now the sahibs looked after the maids well but the Anglo Indian was treated better than the Indian locals yet were not treated as equivalent to the English. This is brought out in the books by John Masters and in particular his novel “Bhowani Junction” mirrors Anglo India society. Hollywood made an excellent movie on this novel with Barbara Rush and Stewart Granger. Anybody getting a chance can see the film which also stars some Indian actors.The Sahib also called the “goraji” found love in the arms of his maid. She became the mistress and this was common knowledge as the maid many times accompanied the sahib even on his tours and after a hard day, the sahib gathered the maid in his arms for solace and love.Maid-master sexual relationshipThe maid -master sexual relation has its genesis in Victorian England where there are umpteen tales of Victorian maid’s sleeping with the master. The same thing translated to India, but here it was a necessity, as well as lonely English men in far-off plantations and distant jungles, had nothing to do and it was inevitable that they picked up sexual liaisons with maids. It was a need and I wonder if anything could have stopped it


Last wordWhat did the maids think of such sexual liaisons? this is brought out in the movie ” Before the rains “starring Nandita Das and Rahul Bose. Nandita Das plays the role of the maid who loves an English Sahib in South India. The fact is the maids loved it and it was a competition that who would sleep with the master. To be undressed by the master was a status symbol. This is what one can glean from the literature of that period. Never the less the maid sahib relation is part of English folk lore and along with other British gifts this also has to be accepted and what of Indians? I think it’s a lot more common in India after the English left than people know or dare to acknowledge. In the cantonments I have come across tens of such relationships with a subtle difference. The brown sahibs try and not make the maid pregnant.

Dreams Do Not Work Unless You Do

In life, it is a fact that dreams do not work unless you do. Yet, as if by some miracle, a lot of people wait for things to happen to them. While the law of attraction states that you have to picture and focus on what you want, you must also take the necessary actions to make your dreams a reality.

But how can you stay focused on your dreams? What are the significant principles for success? Is there a code of conduct to follow?

At first, I do agree that you should begin by having big dreams, daily picturing and focusing on the things you want. But then, you cannot sit on your couch in the belief that things will fall into your laps. You have to take action, work daily, and take steps to move forward, no matter their size.

While you are doing that, you must also have the highest belief in yourself which will help you to transform your goals into reality. This code must be followed by every person who desires to be successful and pursue his dreams. You have to work hard and never give up. Otherwise, you will fail. That is the harsh reality!

Let Your Dreams Be Inspired
Do not be envious of other’s success, be inspired! Too many people are jealous instead of being inspired by success stories. And in turn, feeling in such way brings them into a negative spiral that adds more negativity to their lives.

So, you have to realize that your dreams can come true and will come true if you just continue to stay focused and take action toward them. In theory, it sounds simple. Yet, this simplicity at times is complicated to follow when you are distracted by others who gave up or try to shatter your vision.

In my life, I have met a good share of successful, self-made people. Just as I did, most worked in different activities, had diverse backgrounds and came from all walks of life. But there is one thing they all have in common, and that is they all work hard and a lot to achieve their ideas of success.

Dreams Require Work
To make your dreams a reality, you do not have to copy successful people but model them. In my opinion, success has always been about doing hard work and pushing beyond boundaries. In the past, my problem has never been to know how to reach my dreams but always about how to maintain the success that followed.

And I never understood the answer, until not so long ago. You have to keep moving forward, even after reaching your dreams. Successful people have a vision, and when they get it, they create another one. It may be by helping others achieve their goals, give back, or anything else.

Envious and jealous people always come up with words like “right place, right time, luck, overnight success” when they see someone’s dreams being realized. But the fact is when an opportunity comes, or they create it, successful people are ready and then, work harder than before to ensure and maintain success.

The Code to Reach Your Dreams
But despite some belief in the latest ‘quick money’ schemes, there is simply no substitute for hard work if you want to make your dreams come true. There is a code that is followed by all successful entrepreneurs to accomplish their vision.

Dreams Take Work
First, It is undeniable that successful people work hard. Such individuals are committed to working to dominate their market consistently. They do ten times more of everything. But how do they do it?

To succeed as well as them, you have to make work fun. If you can do it, then it stops to feel like work. You are in the process of realizing your dreams. So you should feel fulfilled and satisfied doing it. If you are not, then you need to reflect on your vision as you may not be on the right track.

To fulfill your dreams, you must enjoy the work necessary for them to be accomplished. But be careful also to enjoy life. And like anything in life takes time, practice and patience, you must commit to something you love doing. Otherwise, you will be bored, and success will never come.

Love What You Do
Next, for your dreams to become a reality, you have to model what successful people do but follow that code by creating your proper style. And the only way you can stay focused and motivated is by doing something you love.

You should not care about what other people are doing, saying or even thinking of your ideas. Other people are not the ones building your dreams and creating your success, you are. After all, it is your life, not theirs.

However, reflect on the fact that if the work needed feels like a chore, you are not going to do it as well as you could. So, while you have dreams, you have to find the work that is right for you, then work hard, push beyond the limits required and enjoy it all.

Know Your Dreams’ End Goal
Finally, you have to know what your end goal is. You have to measure and define success based on your dreams; on whatever it is you truly want. While you desire to be successful, you always have to understand your own definition of success.

Measuring goals and dreams is a good indicator of whether or not you are moving towards what you want. Successful people do a lot of work, but they do it with their end goal in mind. In evaluating the direction in which you are heading, the steps and actions you take, you can see whether or not you are progressing and if you need to adjust your path.

Of course, there are many more codes and ideas we could add to this article, as well as having big dreams and be proud of any victory you may have along the way, but for the most part, these other values come after the three above.

So, dreams do not work unless you put in the hard work. And yes, it is the principal ingredient to any success. All successful people will tell you that. But again, it is what you need, in whatever you are trying to accomplish in life. Therefore, work ten times harder!

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