This travelogue begins with an appreciation of Bombay as a port city. Beyond the port and Taj Mahal Hotel is a teeming city, dominated by caste. The narrator casts a baleful eye on the ...
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This travelogue begins with an appreciation of Bombay as a port city. Beyond the port and Taj Mahal Hotel is a teeming city, dominated by caste. The narrator casts a baleful eye on the treatment of hardworking Untouchables, especially the women. We watch a building's construction, see the byplay among castes at a market, and visit a fishing village where caste has less influence. The women clean and dry fish caught by men. Here Hinduism finds harmony in the relationships of couples. There are pressures for all to marry, and girls as young as ten are wives. We watch a funeral procession of a young bride. Then, we end at Bombay's race track, a grand melting pot for rich and poor. Written by
James A. FitzPatrick's TravelTalks series travel to India where we get to see both the rich side of Bombay as well as the poor side. We learn that many ten-year-old girls are married off for religious reasons and that in the past many of them would jump into a fire after their husband's death as it was thought they couldn't live without the other. We also see some rather strange fish for sale, how a house is built and how the men and women must share all duties. This is yet another interesting entry in the long-running MGM series. If you've seen one then you should know what to expect. Once again the Technicolor really brings the locations to life and FitzPatrick offers up some nice narration for us.
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