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Vocabulary

Beedi

a small, fragrant cigar.

Betel

the leaf of a pepper plant which is wrapped around a betel nut and chewed.

Sallow

sickly and yellowish in color.

Indulgent

permissive, tolerant.

Tamil

language spoken in southern India and Sri Lanka.

Brahmin

a person of the highest caste among Hindus, whose task is to study the religious texts and to perform the sacred ceremonies.

Encroached

advanced beyond proper or established limits.

Ribaldry

vulgar or indecent speech.

Mock

false, pretend

Mutton

sheep flesh used for food

Pukkah

Anglo-Indian slang for good, proper, genuine.

Sacred threads

cotton threads of three strands which are constantly worn by Brahmins as an indication of their status.

Ghee

a liquid butter clarified by boiling.

Curds

dairy product obtained from the milk and used as food or to make cheese.

Brinjal

eggplant.

Dhali

an edible yellow split pea.

Leper

outcast.

Rabid

extreme in opinion or practice.

Humbug

a person who is not what he or she claims to be.

Dhoti

the long loincloth worn by Indian men.

Ruminating

pondering, meditating on.

Furious

of great energy or speed.

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