Colorizing History: Chapter 1

1. Gandhi before Mahatma





photo of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in South Africa,

In 1891 Gandhi passed the law examination successfully, but was assailed by doubts and anxieties, he applied and was turned down for a part time job as a teacher in a Bombay high school with the modest salary of seventy rupees (£5 1/2) a month. It was with some relief that he discovered that he had a flair for drafting memorials and petitions. He wound up his little establishment in Bombay and returned to Rajkot where petition- writing brought him an income of three hundred rupees a month. He might have settled down as a barrister scribe if he had not incurred the displeasure of the British Political Agent in Rajkot in whose court most of his work lay. So, when an offer of a job came to him from South Africa, he gladly accepted it. The contract was for a year in connection with a civil suit; the remuneration was £105, a first-class return fare and actual expenses. The fee was modest and it was not quite clear whether he was engaged as counsel or as a clerk, but he was in no position to pick and choose. He could hardly have imagined the new vistas of maturity and public service which the South African adventure was to open to him.


2. Rabindra Nath Tagore (Youthful Bravado)





photo of Tagore during his first stay in England, 1879

His father wanted him to become a barrister and he was sent to England. After spending Christmas of 1878 with his family, Tagore was escorted by a friend of his elder brother to London; there, Tagore’s relatives hoped that he would focus more on his studies. He enrolled at University College London. However, he never completed his degree, leaving England after staying just over a year. This exposure to English culture and language would later percolate into his earlier acquaintance with Bengali musical tradition, allowing him to create new modes of music, poetry, and drama. However, Tagore neither fully embraced English strictures nor his family’s traditionally strict Hindu religious observances either in his life or his art, choosing instead to pick the best from both realms of experienceHowever, his father forced him to return to India in 1880.


3. Sonia Gandhi in her younger years





Sonia gandhi in an undated photo

4. Indira Gandhi – The Prime Minister in making





Indira Gandhi in 1956

Daughter of Indian PM Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, during visit w. her father to US and Canada was clicked by photographer Carl Mydans

5. Madhubala; the biggest star in the world- and she wasn’t in Beverly Hills





A day with Madhubala, 1951

these images were taken by James Burke

6. Two Film Making Colossi





Satyajit Ray and Akira Kurosawa

two great film directors at the 1982 Venice film festival, Italy

7. The Prince and The Prime Minister

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Britain’s Prince Charles Chats with India’s Prime Minister Indira Gandhi During a Banquet – 1980.

8. Flying High at 20





June Argent ,1940

JUNE ARGENT, 20, served in Women’s Auxiliary Corps (India) during the war. The hostess uniform she wears was designed by American TWA hostess. She was youngest of the crew . Air India was known as Tata Airlines till 1940

9. Ford Repair Shop Back Alley 1920





10. Begum Para





Begum Para, photgraph by James Burke 1951

Sister in law of Dilip Kumar, her last role was in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s saawariyan.






9 Comments on Colorizing History: Chapter 1

  1. Holy shit! the details on them are so heady. Love the ford and Begum para one, it’s so natural, would have never believed it to be color job if it weren’t for the side photo.
    Would love to see more

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