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agrarian
relating to fields or lands or their tenure (agriculture)
cavernous
constituting or suggesting a cavern
Urdu
Indo-Aryna language with same colloquial basis as standard Hindi; official language of Pakistan; widely used by Muslims in urban areas of India
Sanskrit
ancient Indo-Aryan language that is the classical language of India and Hinduism
ghazal
river; SW Sudan flowing East to unite with Bahr el Jebel forming the White Nile
ascertain
to find out or learn with certainty
Dacca
capital of Bangladesh, in Dhaka District; located on Buriganga River, population of 11 million; largest city in Bangladesh
Partition
led to creation of Pakistan and India on the 14th and 15th of August 1947; when granted independance from Britain
camphor
tough gummy volatile aromatic crystalline compound C10H16O, obtained from the wood and bark of camphor tree and used as liniment and topical analgesic, plasticizer, or insect repellent
pastilles
originally a pill shaped lump of compressed herbs, which was burnt to release its medicinal properties
Yahyah Khan
President of Pakistan from 1969-1971; following resignation of Ayub Khan
jute
glossy fiver of either two Asian plants of the linden family used chiefly for sacking, burlap, and twine; also a plant producing jute
deciduous
falling off or shed seasonally or at a certain stage of development in the life cycle
Kishore Kumar
Indian film playback singer and comic actor; achieved notable succresses as a lyricist, composer, producer, director, screenwriter, and scriptwriter
Sheikh Mujib Rahman
a Bengali political leader in East Pakistan and founding leader of Bangladesh; headed Awami League; first President of Bangladesh and became first prime minister
Sun Temple at Konarak
"Black Pagoda," built in Orissa red sandstone and black granite by King Narasimhadeva I of Ganga Dynasty; World Heritage Site
avatar
incarnation of Hindu deity, especially Vishnu, in human or animal form; embodiment as of a quality or concept
pinafore
sleeveless usually low necked harment fastened in the back and worn as apron or dress
bullocks
a young bull
emaciated
to cause to lose flesh so as to become very thin
Gujarati
Indo-Aryan language descended from Sanskrit, and part of the Indo-European language family
assiduously
marked by careful unremitting attention or persistent application
edifice
a large or massive structure
Surya
In Hundu religious literature, most notable as the visible form of God that one can see everyday (sun god)
languid
drooping or flagging from or as if in exhaustion
defile
to make unclean or impure; to corrupt the purity of perfection of
Durwan
a doorkeeper
garble
to alter of distort as to create the wrong impression of change the meaning
litany
repetitive or incantatory recital
Zamindar
employed by the Mughals to collect taxes from peasants
itinerant
traveling from place to place especially if covering a circuit
parapet
low wall or railing to protect the edge of a platform, roof, or bridge
diaphanous
characterized by such fineness of texture as to permit seeing through
Burdwan
West Bengal state in eastern India; headquarters of Bardhaman District; district capital since Mughals
sedulous
involving or accomplished with careful perseverance
obscure
deficient in light;dark, out of sight, hidden
chutney
pungent relish made of fruits, spices, and herbs
palanquins
covered litter carried on poles on the shoulders of 2-4 bearers
quahogs
edible clam of the Atlantic Coast of North America
effigy
crude figure or dummy representing a hated person or group
sitar
stringed instrument of India, made of seasoned gourds and teak
caste
any of the hereditary, endogamous social classes or subclasses of traditional Hindu society
privation
lack of basic necessities or comforts of life
non sequitur
a statement that does not follow logically from what preceded it
malaise
a general sense of depression or unease
maudlin
effusively or tearfully sentimental
disconsolate
seeiming beyong consolation; extremely dejected
paroxysm
sudden ourburst of emotion or action
propitious
presenting favorable circumstances; auspicious
conjugal
having to do with marriage or the relationship of spouses
dowry
money or property brough by a bride to her husband at marriage
clamorous
making or marked by a loud outcry or sustained din
mortify
to cause to experience shame, humiliation, or wounded pride
placid
undisturbed by tumult or disorder; calm, quiet
disdain
to regard or treat with haughty contempt/to despise