Imperial Gazetteer of India, v. 14, p. vi.
m .. INTRODUCTORY NOTES
me quantity, but the quantity to be obtained for the same amount
of-money. mother words, price n India are quantity prices, not
numeyprices. When the figure of quantity goes up, this of course
hs the( the price has god, down, which is at first sight perplexing
to an English reader. It may, howeyer, be mentioned that quantity
prices are not altogether unknown in England, especially at small
shop.,, 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 re se to money price, (whieh mould
often be misleading), the following scale may beed.pmd-based
upon the assumptions that a seer is exactly a lb., and that the value
of the rupee remains ustant at Is. 44: r sour per rupee = (about)
3lb, for sr.; aers per rupee- (about) G It. for ag.; and soon.
The name of the unit for square measurement in India generally
s the bigha, which v es greatly in different parts of the country,
But areas have always been expressed throughout the Cazelleereithet
m ,qua e miles or m acres.