Transactions of the Bombay Geographical Society Volume N . 18

Transactions of the Bombay Geographical Society Volume N . 18

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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. 1868 edition. Excerpt: ...Honorary Secretary, Bombay Geographical Society. Sir, --I beg leave to call your attention and that of the Bombay Geographical Society to a matter in which the Society might lend valuable aid to the cause of Science. The inextricable confusion in which neglect and indifference have involved the spellings of Indian names of places, render it often a matter of difficulty for a stranger to India to find the place he wants either on a map or in a Gazetteer. Every one seems to have a way of spelling of his own. Eamnagar is spelt about eleven different ways in Thornton's Gazetteer, and the prefix Fateh is spelt eleven ways, all wrong; garh is spelt ghur in one line, gurh in another, and gur in a third; " pur " is spelt poor, pore, pour, par, pora, &c. A few months ago I met with Peenee Put in a newspaper, and could only guess that Pauipat was meant. Kanhpur is the city of Krishna, --in one author it is Cunpoor, in another Caunpoor, and in Orme Cawnpore, --apparently intended for "Khanpur"--a Musalman, --in place of a Hindu name, --and scores of instances of the same kind, whereby the etymology is completely disguised, by the mis-spelling, might be adduced by one acquainted with the country. From this multiplicity of spellings, certain forms become for a while fashionable, and then give place to others: thus, thirty years ago, our best maps had Cashmeer, Curach.ee, Baroche, Boglipour, Nassuck, Mow, Churapoonjie, Rutnageeree, Thenkaushee, Paulytanna, &c. All these names are now altered, more or less, most of them for the better. But a spirit of reform is getting abroad in this matter, and if slowly, is yet surely working its way. The last edition of Elphinstone's History, by my friend Professor E. B. Cowell, has greatly improved the...show more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236533399
  • 9781236533395