Excerpt: The book has been edited by Sharmina Mawani and Ankoom Mukadam, both lecturers at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London. A chapter talks about the process of transformation which occurred in Gujarat in the first half of the 19th century because of the encounter between cultures as represented by Forbes and Dalpatram.
“In 1849, for the first time, Dalpatram published his ‘Bhoot Nibandh’, an essay on beliefs in ghosts, witches and other superstitions. This was one of the first prose writings in Gujarati to address a social issue. Forbes also inspired Dalpatram to write ‘Laxmi Natak’ (1849), the first play in Gujarati, based on Greek drama Plutus,” the book says.