Here the author reflects on the exoticism of Indian culture. The wonder of what he calls India's 'peculiar flavour' has, he feels, decayed due to the opressive rule of the British. 'The courts of all Indian princes', he writes, 'have changed into quiet and monotonous civil stations, where the object is to introduce European, and discard Native habits.' He goes on to discuss the low salaries paid to the Indians by the British, which were causing an increasing level of poverty.
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This article is entitled 'Sketches of India', and was written in 1824. It illustrates some of the cultural changes taking place in India at the time, due to the influence of the British. The author contrasts spectacular and exotic impressions of traditional Indian culture with descriptions of increasing levels of poverty amongst the Indian population, and of exploitation by British rulers.
The New Monthly Magazine was first published in 1821. It was primarily a literary journal, and it contained original prose and poetry, covering an array of subjects.