'Mallampalli has produced a marvelous work of legal ethnography that enriches our historical understanding of the dynamics of interracial marriage and the relationships of religion, race, and social standing. His book speaks to crucial themes of British colonial rule and the texture of the lives of those who lived under its authority.' James Epstein, Victorian Studies
How did British rule in India transform persons from lower social classes? Could Indians from such classes rise in the world? This book explores such questions by examining the intriguing story of an interracial family who lived in southern India in the mid-nineteenth century.