| The Naulahka
Notes on the text
by Sharad Keskar
The page and line numbers below refer to the Macmillan Uniform Edition of The Naulahka, first published in 1892 and frequently reprinted since).
To the State of Kot-Kumharsen where the wild dacoits abound,[Heading, line 1] Kot-Kumharsen a name for one of the small states of Rajasthan.
And the Barons live in castles on the hills,
Where the tiger and the cactus in alternate streaks are found,
And the Raja cannot meet his monthly bills,
Where the Agent' Sahib Bahadur shoots the black-buck for his larder
From the tonga which he uses as machan,
Babu Bunkum Bandar Bose took his Harrilds and his Hoes,
And proprieted the Bewaquf Tufan...