Chettiars

The Chettiars of Market Street

Amid these louder establishments were half a dozen other, more austere, premises. “There, you would see some shaven Indian men, sitting on the floor by low desks, bent over and writing on open ledgers with total concentration,” recounts Subbiah. These men were Chettiars, a caste of Tamil moneylenders, nay merchant bankers,

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