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Picturesque India: a handbook for European travellers.

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Pages: 182

Language: English

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: (6 Mar. 2012)

By: William Sproston Caine (Author)

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 Excerpt: ... Manchester goods. Some of the most beautiful cetton fabrics and stuffs of India are produced at Lucknow, owing more to the strength and brilliance of their natural dyes, than to the fineness or softness with which they are woven. It is estimated that in spite of the enormous and increasing imports of Manchester cotton-prints into India, that the domestic manufacture not only far exceeds it, but is almost equal to the entire export trade of Manchester itself. Anyone who will take the trouble to turn over the stock of some large dealer in native-dyed cotton fabrics, will be well rewarded in the beautiful and harmonious masterpieces of textile art he will bo able to purchase, for a few annas each. The whole of the mile-and-a-half to which the central bazar stretches, is one picturesque jumble of trades, following each other in quick succession. In the fruit bazar are stalls piled with oranges, pomeloes, tamarinds, limes, guavas, grapes, pears and apples, many of which are brought by Afghan merchants from Kabul, who lounge about in their dirty loose clothes and sheepskin caps. A savoury smell filling the whole air heralds the food bazar. Here are stalls of hot frizzling kabobs, piles of sweetmeats made of honey, flour and ghee: bakers busy with chapatties, the flat cakes which are the universal bread of India, and which are baked brown in two minutes on flat sheets of iron over little charcoal fires: piles of yellow turmeric and scarlet chillies for curry: women grinding corn, dhal and other cereals. Now the loud clattering of pots and pans announces the coppersmiths' quarter, where brassworkers and tinsmiths congregate. The work of the former, being an ancient craft, is as good as the latter, a 19th century importation, is bad. Everybody is familiar with the ...

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