Travels in the Himalayan Provinces of Hindustan and the Panjab; in Ladakh and Kashmir; in Peshawar, Kabul, Kunduz, and Bokhara ...: From 1819 to 1825, Volume 2

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a fine travelogue not going into details. no description of rulers and their atrocities. gives a view of early 19th century kashmir, ladakh etc. appreciable effort.
Er. A. G. Malik
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Page 138 - ... plants are torn off from the bottom, and carried in the boat to the platform, where the weeds are twisted into conical mounds about two feet in diameter at their base, and of the same height, terminating at the...
Page 157 - That end of the cylinder nearest to the apartment is closed by a round platter of red pottery ware, a little convex in the middle, but the edges are made flush with the wall by a luting of clay-mortar, and the other extremity is shut by a similar dish, having a circular hole, about a third of an inch in diameter, in its centre.
Page 148 - ... for four pice, or two-pence. The country people break the walnuts at home, and carry the kernel alone to market, where it is sold to oil-pressers, at the average .rate of seven rupees per khurwar, or ass-load.
Page 138 - ... in its descent, gradually sinks into the mass of matted roots. The bed floats, but is kept in its place by a stake of willow driven through it at each end, which admits of its rising and falling in accommodation to the rise or fall of the water.
Page 123 - The population of the city of Kashmir, although much diminished, must be numerous. One hundred and twenty thousand persons, it is said, are employed in the shawl manufacture alone ; and although this is the chief employment of the population, yet the other trades and occupations essential to the support of a large city must, at least, double the amount: the population of the Province is estimated at eight hundred thousand.* Everywhere, however, the people are in the most abject condition — exorbitantly...
Page 319 - ... sanctified by a miracle wrought there by Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith. Nanak, coming to the place fatigued and thirsty, thought he had a claim upon the hospitality of his brother ascetic, and invoked the spirit of Baba Wali for a cup of water. The Muhammadan saint, indignant at the presumption of an unbeliever, replied to his application by throwing a stone at him of several tons weight. Nanak caught the missile in his hand, and then placed it on the ground, leaving the impression of...
Page 119 - ... each side by a border of mire. The houses are in general two or three stories high ; they are built of unburnt bricks and timber, the former serving for little else than to fill up the interstices of the latter. They are not plastered, are badly constructed, and are mostly in a neglected and ruinous condition, with broken doors or no doors at all, with shattered lattices, windows stopped up with boards, paper, or rags, walls out of the perpendicular, and pitched roofs threatening to fall.
Page 142 - The fruit is seldom if ever pulled in the small, or girkin state, and differs in weight, when of a proper age for the market, from about eight or ten ounces to a pound and a quarter, or a pound and a half. From the first setting of the fruit to' the time of pulling, seven or eight days are the ordinary period.
Page 161 - ... articles of common food, whilst the most wealthy substitute it for sugar in preserving fruits. It is customary to take the hive every year, and the end of September or beginning of October is found the best season for this operation ; a little time still remaining for the bees to add to the portion left for their support during five months. This amounts to about...
Page 138 - ... plants just mentioned, about two feet under the water, so that they completely lose all connexion with the bottom of the lake, but retain their former situation in respect to each other. When thus detached from the soil, they are pressed into somewhat closer contact, and formed into beds of about two yards breadth, and of an indefinite length.

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