From the history of British India, stories have emerged of the grand residences, known as the Khanna (residence), where British officers and gentlemen kept harems of beautiful Indian woman at their beck and call. The term given to these women was Bibi (surrogate wife). Polygamy was not uncommon: The famous Major General David Ochterlony, for instance, in 1820 had thirteen Bibi’s. In time, babies were born to the Brits and the Bibi’s. But it wasn’t until the Census in 1911 that these Bibi-babies, who were now all grown up, were given the official title of Anglo-Indian. Prior to that, they were called many other things, including other words starting with ‘B’, which I will ignore for now, as there are far too many ‘B’ words in this paragraph already!
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