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Sarat Chandra Das (1849-1917)

Sarat Chandra Das worked as a spy for the British, going on expeditions into Tibet to gather information on the Tibetans, Russians and Chinese. After he left Tibet the reasons for his visit were discovered and many of the Tibetans who had befriended him suffered reprisals.

 

For the latter part of his life, Das settled in Darjeeling, where he became a headmaster at the Bhutia Boarding School. He named his house ?Lhasa Villa? and played host to many notable guests including Sir Charles Bell, Kawaguchi and Evans-Wentz.

 

Das?s dictionary, published in 1902, includes more Sanskrit terms than Jäschke?s, and also more terms from Buddhist texts.

 

The work was revised by two Jesuit scholars, Rev. Graham Sandberg and Rev. A. William Heyde.

 

Further Reading

 

Hopkirk, Peter, Trespassers on the Roof of the World, Oxford University Press, 1982

The Works of Chandra Das

A Tibetan-English Dictionary with Sanskrit Synonyms, Calcutta: West Bengal Government Press, 1902

 

An Introduction to the Grammar of the Tibetan Language with the texts of Situhi Sum-rTags, Dal-je Sal-wai me-long and Situhi Shal-lung. Darjeeling: Darjeeling Branch Press, 1915

 

Journey to Lhasa and Central Tibet, London: John Murray, 1902