The Imperial Gazetteer of India, Volume 1

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Trübner & Company, 1885 - Great Britain - 392 pages

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Page 121 - Thomas Coriate, traveller for the English wits ; greeting from the court of the Great Mogul, resident at the towne of Asmere in Easterne India.
Page 47 - We are content with discord, we are content with alarms, we are content with blood, but we will never be content with a master."!
Page 17 - The little village (formerly the great city) of Aden is now reduced to the most exigent condition of poverty and neglect. In the reign of Constantine this town possessed unrivalled celebrity for its impenetrable fortifications, its flourishing commerce, and the glorious haven it offered to vessels from all quarters of the globe. But how lamentable is the present contrast...
Page 449 - Backcrgunjc is one of the healthiest in Eastern Bengal, owing to the strong south-west monsoon, which comes up directly from the Bay of Bengal, and keeps the atmosphere cool; but the heavy rainfall and consequent humidity of the atmosphere, combined with the use of bad water, are fruitful sources of disease.
Page 196 - In the midst of the city there was a Brahmanical temple, to which the presentation of a single piece of money procured as much merit as that of one thousand pieces elsewhere. Before the principal room of the temple there was a large tree with widespreading branches, which was said to be the dwelling of an anthropophagous demon.
Page 98 - ... most essentially building race at that time in India, and the Chalukyas conquered their conquerors, and forced them to adopt forms and ornaments which were superior to any the invaders knew or could have introduced. The result is a style which combines all the elegance and finish of Jaina...
Page 319 - Koleroon, on the east by the Bay of Bengal, on the south by the Marawar country,' and on the west by Trichinopoly and the Tondiman's country.
Page 88 - ... potters, carpenters, and other inferior artisans. An exception is also made in the case of a son succeeding his father, when nothing has to be paid. In other cases the amount varies in proportion to the importance of the trade from Rs. 50 to Rs.
Page 46 - ... manner, especially when they hope to gain some object, but capable of the grossest brutality when that hope ceases. They are unscrupulous in perjury, treacherous, vain and insatiable, passionate in vindictiveness, which they will satisfy at the cost of their own lives and in the most cruel manner. Nowhere is crime committed on such trifling grounds, or with such general impunity, though when it is punished the punishment is atrocious. Among themselves the Afghans are quarrelsome, intriguing and...
Page 45 - The women have handsome features of Jewish cast (the last trait often true also of the men) ; fair complexions, sometimes rosy, though usually a pale sallow ; hair braided and plaited behind in two long tresses, terminating in silken tassels. They are rigidly secluded, but intrigue is frequent. In some parts of the country the engaged lover is admitted to visits of courtship analogous to old Welsh customs. :, 46 . AFGHANISTAN. The Afghdns, inured to bloodshed from childhood, are familiar with death,...

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