Sketches of India

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1824 - India - 358 pages

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Page 236 - And that small model of the barren earth Which serves as paste and cover to our bones. For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground And tell sad stories of the death of kings...
Page 262 - I suppose, our salaam. Next, in a common native palkee, its canopy crimson, and not adorned, came Scindiah himself. He was plainly dressed, with a reddish turban, and a shawl over his vest, and lay reclined, smoking a small gilt or golden calean. We stood up in our howdah and bowed ; he half rose in his palkee, and salaamed rather in a courteous manner. At this there was a loud cry of all his followers near, who sung out his titles, and the honour he had done us, &c. And all salaamed themselves profoundly....
Page 9 - ... half-dressed ; here were two servants, one pouring water on, the other washing, a Saheb's hands. In spite of my efforts to prevent them, two well-dressed men were washing my feet ; and near me was. a lad dexterously putting on the clothes of a sleepy brother officer, as if he had been an infant under his care! — There was much in all this to amuse the mind, and a great deal, I confess, to pain the heart of a free-born Englishman.
Page 200 - SHOPS. 167 born through a labyrinth, of lanes, with' houses of six or seven stories high on either side, communicating with each other above, in some places, by small bridges thrown across the street. These houses are of stone or brick ; and many of them are painted either in plain colours or stripes, or with representations of the Hindoo deities; Every bazaar or street containing shops, you find a little, and but a little, wider than the others. Shops here stand in distinct and separate streets,...
Page 8 - India, perhaps, at the moment, a more cheerful party than ours. — Four or five clean-looking natives, in white dresses, with red or white turbans, ear-rings of gold, or with emerald drops, and large silver signet rings on their fingers, crowded round each chair, and watched our every glance, to anticipate our wishes. Curries, vegetables, and fruits, all new to us, were tasted and pronounced upon ; and after a meal, of which every one seemed to partake with grateful good humour, we lay down for...
Page 148 - I saw, as I passed out of Caliaghaut, a shed with many hundred live kids, which are sold there for sacrifice*; and, in my way back, I was carried through a street of idol-makers, who make all those small ones which the Hindoos buy for the inside of their houses, and for public festivals. They ran by my palanquin, offering them for sale with this strange recommendation, — " Baba ko waste, Sahib,
Page 261 - Sciudiah, from which he had dismounted. On one small elephant, guiding it himself, rode a fine boy, a foundling protege of Scindiah, called the Jungle Rajah ; then came, slowly prancing, a host of fierce, haughty chieftains, on fine horses, showily caparisoned. They darted forward, and all took their proud stand behind and round us, planting their long lances on the earth, and reining up their eager steeds to see, I suppose, our salaam. Next, in a common native palkee, its canopy crimson, and not...
Page 6 - ... with drop-branches, here fibrous and pliant, there strong and columnar, supporting its giant arms, and forming around the parent stem a grove of beauty ; and among these wonders, birds, all strange in plumage and in note, save the parroquet (at home, the lady's pet-bird in a gilded cage), here spreading his bright green wings in happy fearless flight, and giving his natural and untaught scream.
Page 261 - Scindiah returning from the chace, surrounded by all his chiefs, and preceded or followed by about seven hundred horse. Discharges of cannon announced his approach ; and a few light scattered parties of spearmen were marching before the main body. We stopped our elephants just on one side of a narrow part of the road, where the rajah and chiefs, with his immediate escort, must pass. " First came loose light-armed horse, either in the road, or scrambling and leaping on the rude banks and ravines near...
Page 13 - ... the right shoulder, and brought under the left arm to the middle. Their shining hair is neatly rolled up into a knot at the back of the head ; and is occasionally ornamented with little chaplets of pale yellow flowers. The vessels which some carry on the head, some on the hip, are of brass or clay; but ancient and urn-like in their form.

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