We have rich resources for the study of South Asia past and present. South Asia is taken to include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

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Asian and African Studies Reading Room

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Blog posts

A British First World War hero with roots in India

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The India Office Records are able to shed some light on the sadly short life of a World War One military hero. Rex Warneford was commissioned as a Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Air Service in February 1915. After the...

Rescue of an Indian Seaman

Thursday, August 18, 2016

On 23 July 1924 the Under Secretary of State for India received a letter from T W Moore, Secretary of the Imperial Merchant Service Guild. Moore informed him of the rescue of an Indian seaman, bringing to his attention the...

Ascetics and Yogis in Indian painting

Monday, August 15, 2016

Yogis and other types of ascetics are found in Mughal illustrated historical manuscripts showing encounters recorded in Mughal histories between the emperors Babur, Akbar and Jahangir; and also in indivdual album paintings.

The surgeon’s porcupine

Monday, August 8, 2016

Sometimes a single page captures a small life. Here John McCosh, East India Company surgeon in Assam in the 1830s, recalls an unusual pet. McCosh was reporting to the Government of India on the topography of Assam. Topography encompassed history,...

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External links

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Centre of South Asian Studies

University of Cambridge

Find my past

Records of baptisms, marriages, burials, wills, pensions, military and civil career information

The National Archives

Records relating to the East India Company, and the Family Records Centre