The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - 'Diary of a Tour in the Naga Hills, 1922-1923' by Henry Balfour

caption: Financial business in Bombay; evening at the yacht club
medium: diaries
date: 4.1.1923
person: Balfour/ Henry
date: 1922-1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: Thurs. Jan. 4.
text: I spent a long time trying to locate Lewis's clients in Shaik Menon Street, but could not find any of their names on the signs, & the numbering of the houses seems to have no organised system. In the densely-crowded, narrow streets in this part of Bombay, with the walls covered with names & advertisements, it would require a clever guide to find anything. The heat, smells, dust & jostle were very trying & I was glad to get away, even though unsuccessful, as it was extremely tiring & the fever was making me limp. So I went to the National Bank of India, to see what I could do there. I saw the Assistant Manager, who said he would go over my list of names & introduce me to an "honest broker" who could give reliable information. I made appointment for next day. I had tea at the Club, as I had not had lunch. Dined with Arnold, Hetherington & Tod, & played snooker with the two former, whom I managed to beat by a good margin.