What is Indology? ‘Indo’ means ‘Indian’
and ‘logy’ is a suffix used in forming the names of ‘sciences or departments of study’, like ‘demonology’,
‘mythology’ and ‘zoology’, meaning ‘the study of demons, myths and animals’. (vide pages
411 & 474 of The Pocket Oxford Dictionary of Current English Compiled by F.G Fowler and H.W. Fowler, Fifth Edition, 1969)
Hence ‘Indology’ means ‘the study
of Indians’. But the study of a people will never be sound or perfect without study of its inhabited land and also
of its contiguous or neighbouring lands as the neighbouring influences always create forces to be reckoned with in moulding
the character and culture of the said people. Thus, Indology is a science which makes multidimensional investigation and study
about India and Indians to unravel the mysteries and
secrets which enable the Indian culture and civilization stand unique in the history of mankind.
The book ‘Brownstudy on Heathenland’ incorporates
such a scientific study. The word ‘Brownstudy’ means ‘reverie’, ‘musing’, ‘pondering’
or ‘meditating’ of course, with a touch of sadness and meaning of the word ‘Heathenland’ has been
explained in the paras 1 to 6 of Topic-1 of Part-I of the book.
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