|This article needs additional citations for verification. (June 2007)|
Boxwallahs were small-scale travelling merchant peddlers in India. They were known as boxwallahs because of the large boxes in which they carried their merchandise (usually clothes and costume jewelry), though the term has been known to be applied to any traveling peddler and also to people involved in business and commercial activities (as opposed to "babus" or civil servants). Boxwallahs, the peddlers with boxes, were a common sight in the streets of Delhi and other north Indian cities from about 1865 to 1948. Boxwallah English was the commercial and trade English that Englishmen used when interacting with Indians (traders) during the British Raj.
Boxwallah in fiction
Rudyard Kipling was particularly attracted by the idea of a boxwallah and the idea of a boxwallah is present in several of his short stories. In "From Sea to Sea", Kipling talks of a mistreated Burmese girl as if she were a Delhi Boxwallah, presumably because the protagonist bargained too hard with her. In "The Sending of Dana Da", the title character makes a deathbed reference to his former life as a boxwallah. Most famously, Kipling used 'Boxwallah' as a pen name for his skewer on British Indian life in "An Eastern Backwater".
- The Hindu : Delhi's good old Boxwallah
- The Hindu : Linguistic incursions
- "ITV Playhouse" The Boxwallah (1982)
- An Eastern Backwater by Boxwallah, Andrew Melrose, London, 1912(?)
|This India-related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|