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At the end of a few days’ crawling Scott learned something of the size of the India which he served, and it astonished him. His carts, as you know, were loaded with wheat, millet, and barley, good food-grains needing only a little grinding. But the people to whom he brought the life-giving stuffs were rice-eaters … They clamoured for rice—unhusked paddy, such as they were accustomed to—and, when they found that there was none, broke away weeping from the sides of the cart.


This is from “William the Conqueror” Part II in The Day’s Work.

A team of administrators from the Punjab havr come down to Southern India on famine relief. They are finding that the local people, used to rice, are unhappy to be offered other grains.