Pen and Pencil Sketches: Being the Journal of a Tour in India, Partie 18,Volume 2

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John Murray, 1832
 

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Page 358 - They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms ; that made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof ; that opened not the house of his prisoners...
Page 45 - Hindoo states took a pride in the improvement of the country, and in the construction of pagodas, tanks, canals, and other public works. The Mahrattas have done nothing of this kind : their work has been chiefly desolation. They did not seek their revenue in the improvement of the country, but in the exactions of the established chout from their neighbours, and in predatory incursions to levy more.
Page 95 - Feringees' feast. The Hindoos are mere tyros in gastronomy as compared with their more courtly and fastidious neighbours the Mussulmans : some of their pillaus and cawabs were, however, sufficiently savoury. The dishes were not placed on the board ; but were carried by troops of zealous attendants down the untenanted side of the table ; each in rapid succession presenting his smoking burthen, describing its exquisite qualities with the eloquence of an auctioneer, and exhorting the guests in the most...
Page 96 - ... que moles! — a complete culinary chaos ! Our entertainers must have thought us a right merry set of fellows, for we were all nearly convulsed, and I was quite choked with laughter, excited by the very eager and enthusiastic manner in which some of the tableattendants displayed the good points of their respective viands. One fellow exalted a large fried fish in mid air, holding it up by the tail in his fingers, and wound up his declamatory eulogium by plumping it down on my plate, which was...
Page 25 - It is flown at quails, spaiTows, and others of the feathered tribe of the like calibre. The mode of starting it is different from that used with any other hawk. The falconer holds the little, well-drilled savage within the grasp of his hand, the head and tail protruding at either opening, and the plumage carefully smoothed down.
Page 24 - India precluding the necessity — which formerly existed— of every petty town being furnished with defences against the sudden attacks of the numerous predatory hordes which infested the country. A little beyond Jellahabad we crossed the river Ramgunga, and encamped on its western bank. Dec. 17th.— Marched to the town of Imrautpore, through a country spread for many surrounding leagues with one sheet of luxuriant cultivation, interspersed with beautiful and ancient mango-groves. In the rainy...
Page 24 - ... country. A little beyond Jellahabad we crossed the river Ramgunga, and encamped on its western bank. Dec. 17th.— Marched to the town of Imrautpore, through a country spread for many surrounding leagues with one sheet of luxuriant cultivation, interspersed with beautiful and ancient mango-groves. In the rainy season this rich and fruitful tract is scarcely habitable or passable ; the whole country between the Ganges and Bareilly exhibiting one vast lake of water. These inundations contribute...
Page 215 - ... is a delightful and innocent beverage, and only gains its intoxicating qualities by being allowed to ferment in the heat of the day. In the latter state, and even rendered still more fiery by the infusion of chillies, it is drank in great quantities by the English soldiers ; and many a liver complaint laid to the charge of an Indian climate, in fact, owes its origin to this lava-like potation.
Page 80 - ... who, on quitting Calcutta, left a load of care behind, and brought a load of fun ! , The above-named deserted edifice is situated, far from the busy haunts of men, in the midst of an extensive forest, and was a favourite resort of the Tent Club on these occasions. The ground floor was occupied by the horses of the party ; a large room in the upper story was dedicated to refection ; whilst three or four smaller apartments formed the dormitories of those who had come unprovided with tents. Some...
Page 96 - Mussulmans : some of their pillars and cawabs were however sufficiently savoury. The dishes were not placed on the board, but were carried by troops of zealous attendants down the untenanted side of the table: each in rapid succession presenting his smoking burthen, describing its exquisite qualities with the eloquence of an auctioneer, and exhorting the guests, in the most moving terms, to partake of it. Refusal was out of the question, and in a few minutes my plate became a perfect mountain...

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