Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Russian liquid measure, a little smaller than a gill. It was formerly one eighty-eighth of a wedro, but since 1818 is one one-hundredth of a wedro, or 0.135 United States quart.
“Tagore, for example, remained unconvinced of the merit of Gandhi's forceful advocacy that everyone should spin at home with the "charka," the primitive spinning wheel.”
“The aroused energy no longer resides only in the sexual center, or the second charka, it actually emanates throughout the body.”
“When we last saw our Indian charka, we had examined the drive wheels.”
“Then they filled their glasses and began another round, or charka.”
“In Russia, we have a saying: ‘The first charka is for health, the next for joy, the third for quarrel.’”
“I was lucky enough to see some and to meet Sheila and Johnathon Bosworth at Woolfest this year..there can`t be many in the UK that can claim to have had their first ever try of a book charka under the eye of Johnathen Bosworth, no?”
“I was mince at it, btw, but the prototype Bosworth book charka is a work of art...”
“It was on education (and on the reflection, dialogue, and communication that are associated with it), rather than on, say, spinning "as a sacrifice" ( "the charka does not require anyone to think"), that the future of India would depend.”
“Romain Rolland noted, Rabindranath "never tires of criticizing the charka.”
“It was not only that the charka made little economic sense, but also, Tagore thought, that it was not the way to make people reflect on anything: "The charka does not require anyone to think; one simply turns the wheel of the antiquated invention endlessly, using the minimum of judgment and stamina.”
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