The Smith Administration
THE VENGEANCE OF LAL BEG
Notes edited by David Page.
In preparing these notes, the present
Editor has drawn where appropriate
on those of the ORG.
He was a Brahmin, so high-caste that caste ceased to have any particular meaning for him ... At last he went to England on a visit, and had to pay enormous sums to the priests when he came back; for even so high-caste a Brahmin as Purun Dass lost caste by crossing the black sea.[Page 378, line 19] Teji mehter Clearly a sweeper, but whether “Teji” refers to a tribe, a geographical location or whatever has not been determined.
They met a troop of long-haired, strong-scented Sansis with baskets of lizards and other unclean food on their backs, their lean dogs sniffing at their heels. These people kept their own side of the road, moving at a quick, furtive jog-trot, and all other castes gave them ample room; for the Sansi is deep pollution.In the ORG they are described as: 'a tribe of gypsies who kept and also ate dogs.'
[Kim ch. 4, page 86 line 19.]