(20) Classification of servants [[97-98]]
[] The servants, whether of Europeans, or of opulent
divided into two classes, indiscriminately called Nuokur, or Chakur.
The first ["Nuokur"] list below are judged exempt from all
duties, which more properly belong to the last ["Chakur"]
as their respective designations will at once testify.
Baniayn (buniya), merchant, banker, or
The second class comprises --
Darogah (daroghu), or Gomastah (gomashtu),
factor, or superintendant.
Moonshy (moonshee), secretary, or linguist.
Jummadar, chief of the retinue.
Chob-dar, silver-pole bearer.
Soonta-burdar, silver-baton bearer.
Khansaman, butler, steward.
Sirkar, government, head of a house; agent for receipts
payments, as cash-keeper.
Kranee, clerk, or writer in the office.
Khidmutgar, valet, table-attendant.
Mushuulchee, flambeau-bearer, link-boy.
Bihishtee, water-carrier, lit. heavenly.
[] Doby (D,hobee), washerman.
Mohote, or Mohout (Muhawut), elephant
Su,ees, Sa,ees, groom.
G,husiyara, grass-cutter, dependant on the former.
Ab-dar, water-cooler, butler.
Khursh burdar, purveyor.
Hurkaru, messenger, guide, spy, &c.
Piyadu (Peon), nearly the same as the hurkaru.
Hujam, or Naee, barber.
Furrash, carpet-spreader, or furniture-keeper.
Mihtur, sweeper; a female for the same duties being
Durwan, gate-keeper, or porter.
Aya, or Da,ee, a female attendant on a lady, in
of children, a nurse.
|Williamson 1810 vol. 1: ((187))
Such is the superioty
claimed by the nokers, that to ask one of them whose chauker
he is would be considered a gross insult; the inferior class are, on
other hand, very ready to assume the former designation; holding it to
be far more respectable in the eyes of their countrymen; ((188)) who
and value, that distinction which, among Europeans, is little attended
to; far the greater portion being, indeed, absolutely ignorant of any