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Imperial Gazetteer of India, v. 5, p. vi.


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INTRODUCTORY NOTES


Burmese Words
Burmese and some of the languages on the frontier of China have
the following special sounds:-
aw has the vowel-sound in 'law.'
6 and ii are pronounced as in German.
gy is pronounced almost like j in 'jewel.'
ky is pronounced almost like ch in ' church.'
th is pronounced in some cases as in 'this,' in some cases as in
' thin.'
w after a consonant has the force of uw. Thus, ywa and pwe
are disyllables, pronounced as if written yuwa and peue.
It should also be noted that, whereas in Indian words the accent
or stress is distributed almost equally on each syllable, in Burmese
there is a tendency to throw special stress on the last syllable.
General
The names of some places-e.g. Calcutta, Bombay, Lucknow,
Cawnpore-have obtained a popular fixity of spelling, while special
forms have been officially prescribed for others. Names of persons
are often spelt and pronounced differently in different parts of India;
but the variations have been made as few as possible by assimilating
forms almost alike, especially where a particular spelling has been
generally adopted in English books.
NOTES ON MONEY, PRICES. WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
As the currency of India is based upon the rupee, all statements
with regard to money throughout the Gazetteer have necessarily been
expressed in rupees, nor has it been found possible to add generally
a conversion into sterling. Down to about 1873 the gold value of
the rupee (containing I65 grains of pure silver) was approximately
equal to 25., or one-tenth of a £; and for that period it is easy to
convert rupees into sterling by striking off the final cipher (Rs. I,ooo
=£Ioo). But after I873, owing to the depreciation of silver as
compared with gold throughout the world, there came a serious and
progressive fall in the exchange, until at one time the gold value of
the rupee dropped as low as is. In order to provide a remedy for
the heavy loss caused to the Government of India in respect of its
gold payments to be made in England, and also to relieve foreign
trade and finance from the inconvenience due to constant and
unforeseen fluctuations in exchange, it was resolved in 1893 to close
the mints to the free coinage of silver, and thus force up the value of
the rupee by restricting the circulation. The intention was to raise



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