General Non-fiction

Sir James Mackintosh

Author: Mrinal Kulkarni&Aroon Tikekar

  • ISBN: 978-81-88569-82-3
  • paperback
  • Size: 5.50 X 8.50 inch
  • Pages: 138
  1. Overview
  2. Author

Sir James Mackintosh was born on 24 October, 1765, in the Scottish Highlands and came from a humble background. From a young age, he showed an aptitude to achieve high goals and his extraordinary proficiency in studies earned him the name ‘prodigy of learning’. His multifaceted personality embraced many interests and professions. His brilliant intellect, literary vision and sharp wit gained him access to the most exclusive intellectual and political circles in London. On being knighted, he was appointed Recorder in Bombay.

Once in India, he set about contributing towards the achievement and advancement of knowledge. Soon, Mackintosh gathered a few like-minded people, and after considerable deliberations formed the Literary Society of Bombay on 26 November 1804, of which he was elected President. This became a platform for all scholarly activities in the years that followed. It was at his instance that several works of literary value by different scholars were researched, published and read. He took steps for purchase of a large collection of books to set up a library. He was a man ahead of his time. Although ill health and lack of intellectual stimulation forced him to return ‘home’, he had already sown the seeds of intellectualism in Bombay.   

  • Mrinal Kulkarni

    Mrinal Kulkarni is a sociologist and an independent researcher. She taught at the SNDT Womens’ University, Mumbai. Her areas of interest include colonial, maritime and cultural studies. She is the author of The History of Indian Shipping and has co-authored a book with the late journalist, M.V. Kamath, titled Tides of Time: History of Mumbai Port.

  • 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.