Indian Pictures; Drawn with Pen and Pencil

Indian Pictures; Drawn with Pen and Pencil

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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 edition. Excerpt: ... forest which clothes the Sinchal lies a botanical garden, lonely and lovely, the Rungaroon Garden, where we found roses, scarlet geraniums, verbenas, and many English plants and flowers in the midst of tropical luxuriance. The garden is devoted to such indigenous plants, epiphytes, orchids, gingers, etc., as are not likely to thrive in the moister and more shady forest sections. The path leading to this spot is rich in forest beauty. Beyond are some of the tea and cinchona plantations for which Darjeeling is famous, and which, as the slopes are cleared, mar in some degree the beauty of the nearer hills. The tea gardens are laid out in the most unromantic fashion, acre upon acre planted with straight rows of bushes two feet high with small glazed dark green leaves, and in the centre the manager's bungalow flanked by long ranges of low buildings, where the process of drying, sorting and packing is carried on. The Bhootea coolies, both men and women, may be seen carrying chests of immense weight up the steepest hills. They leave the railway porters of England far behind. A story is told that one of these sturdy women actually brought up a grand piano on her back from Kursiong to the station. The work on the plantations is not so laborious. It consists mainly in deep hoeing between the lines of trees as weeds appear, and careful hand weeding. In November of the third year, when the plant is four feet high, it is pruned down to twenty inches, that the young leaves may be plucked easily; and six weeks afterwards, when the tea plant is said to 'flush, ' or throw out new shoots six inches high, the picking is repeated, and so on at intervals of twenty days for eight months. Tea can be made only of these young and tender leaves, and the plucking requires...show more

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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236487052
  • 9781236487056