General Non-fiction


Author: Aroon Tikekar

  • ISBN: 978-81-88569-74-8
  • Paperback
  • Size: 5.50 X 8.50 inch
  • Pages: 92
  1. Overview
  2. Author

Dr. George Buist (1805-1860), the editor of the Bombay Times (precursor of the Times of India), merits attention of historians on account of his significant contributions to Indian journalism in its infancy, his contributions to the Society and the civic life of Mumbai in the first half of the nineteenth century, and the circumstances which led to his ignominious exit. He held many important posts/positions such as the member of the Bombay Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society; Secretary of the Bombay Geographical Society; Founder and Resident superintendent of the Reformatory School of Industry, Bombay; Fellow of the Royal Society of London; Fellow of the Geological Society of London; in-charge of the Government Astronomical, Meteorological, and Magnetic Observatory, and of the Government Central Museum, Bombay and the Sheriff of Bombay.  

He was the moving spirit behind the scientific and literary societies of his time and, despite his heavy workload, gave the benefit of his knowledge on these subjects to all who sought it. His scholarly articles, published in the Journal of the Bombay Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society and Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, display his spirit of scientific inquiry. He also compiled a useful ‘Index to Books and Papers on the Physical Geography, Antiquities, and Statistics of India’.

This monograph draws attention to the contribution of this man of such rare quality, who sowed the seeds of public spirit and worked for welfare of the people. He deserves to be recognised for his work and remembered with respect.

  • Aroon Tikekar

    Aroon Tikekar (1944 - 2016) was an Indian scholar and authority on Mumbai, as well as a journalist. He worked as a college teacher for some years, then became the Language and Literature Expert and Acquisitions Specialist at the US Library of Congress Office in New Delhi. His career in newspapers started with a job as Reference Chief with the Times of India He then became a Senior Assistant Editor with the Maharashtra Times. He was appointed editor of the Marathi newspaper Loksatta, published by the Indian Express Group, and held that position from 1991 to 2002. He was the recipient of several literary and journalism awards. He has written more than twenty books in Marathi and in English. His PhD thesis The Kincaids, Two Generation of a British Family in the Indian Civil Service was published as a book, exploring the lives of the civil servants and authors Charles Augustus Kincaid and his son, Dennis Kincaid. His Marathi books include Jana-Mana and Sthal-Kaal. His lectures given at the University of Mumbai on Justice Mahadev Govind Ranade were published as a book Ranade: The Renaissance Man. In 2006 he published The Cloister's Pale: A Biography of the University of Mumbai which interweaves the history of the university with the history of the city.