Fragrance Quote November 14th, 2011-Sir Edwin Arnold from India Revisited

Fragrance Quote November 14th, 2011-Sir Edwin Arnold from India Revisited

In the tosha-khana were numberless chests of teak bound with iron—containing the surplus funds of Ulwur in rupees and gold mohurs—elephant trappings, gilded saddles and bridles, dresses of honour, costly shawls, and the jewels of the Koyal Household. The glories of these latter were exhibited amid a crowd of proud and respectful Eajput guards and attendants. There was a diamond worth £ 10,000, and two emeralds of prodigious size, with Persian couplets carved upon their lucent green, which might have made any feminine breast glow with passionate desire, not to mention a rope of pearls, for which the seas of Ormuz and of Lanka must have been ransacked. The ToshaKhana also buys and stores perfumes; and the dark little treasure-chamber was sweet and subtle with all sorts of essences, laid up for State occasions and for the pleasuring of the zenana, in flasks, jars, and little leathern dubbas. Here was the Majmuah—"all the sweetnesses" and Rahat-i-Ruh—" comforts of the soul," with attar, the real rose-scent, a greenish yellow oil, of which a lakh of rose-blooms will only furnish 180 grains. With these, as the palace steward said, an appreciative person might "dimagh mu' altar hona "— "die of a rose, in aromatic pain," and truly those curious in the fine delights of fragrance should procure some of the oil of the Keora palm. It will give a new sensation to the nose.