from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Russian liquid measure, a little smaller than a gill.


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  • 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.

    Tagore and His India

  • The aroused energy no longer resides only in the sexual center, or the second charka, it actually emanates throughout the body.

    Dr. Elsbeth Meuth and Freddy Zental Weaver: Sexual Intelligence: One of the Keys to Fulfillment and Joy

  • When we last saw our Indian charka, we had examined the drive wheels.

    Learning new things: Charkha spinning, part 2

  • 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?

    Spindle spinning.

  • I was mince at it, btw, but the prototype Bosworth book charka is a work of art...

    Spindle spinning.

  • 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.

    Tagore and His India

  • Romain Rolland noted, Rabindranath "never tires of criticizing the charka."

    Tagore and His India

  • 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."

    Tagore and His India

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