Fanny Parks (1794-1874) rejected the accepted role of the conventional memsahib. Instead she led an adventurous life travelling independently through India on horseback and by boat on the dangerous, hair-raising Ganges. She spoke fluent Hindi and Urdu, became a close friend of a former Maratha warrior queen, stayed in luxurious

Women crossing cultural borders in 19th century India, with Barbara Eaton

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Fanny Parks (1794-1874) rejected the accepted role of the conventional memsahib. Instead she led an adventurous life travelling independently through India on horseback and by boat on the dangerous, hair-raising Ganges. She spoke fluent Hindi and Urdu, became a close friend of a former Maratha warrior queen, stayed in luxurious rajahs’ palaces and harems, and attended sumptuous bejewelled Hindu weddings. Barbara Eaton, a lover of travel who claims that “sleeping on a mud floor on a mud yurt is no hardship”, talks about and reads from her biography, Fanny Parks – Intrepid Memsahib.

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