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same quantity,, but the' quai tity,to be obtainèd'for the same amount
of money, In' other. words, prices: in India are quantity prices, not
money prices; , When the figure of quantity goes:.wp, this of course
means', that the'price has gone down, which; is at first sight, perplexing
to an English reader., , It mayf. however, be mentioned that quantity
prices are. not altogether, unknown in England, especially at small .
shops, where pennyworths of many groceries can be bought: Eggs,
likewise, are commonly sold at a :varying number for the shilling.
If it be desired to,convert quantity prices from Indian into English
denominations without having recourse to money prices (which would
often, he misleading), the following 'scale may be adopted-based
upon the assumptions that a seer is exactly z lb., and that the value
of the -rupee, remains constant at'is. 4d,"r i seer per rupee .- (about)
3 lb. for zs. ; a;seers per rupee = ,(about) b lb, for zs. ; and so on.
The name of the unit for square measurement in India generally
is the Ligha, which varies greatly in different parts of the country.
But areas have always been expressed throughout the Gazetteer eithei
in square miles or in acres.
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