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  • Punkahs are going continually at meal times, and if one sits down to write in the saloon, the “punkah-wallah” spies one out and begins his refreshing labors at once.

    The Golden Chersonese and the way thither

  • Your punkah-wallah spoke under persuasion ... in unspeakable pain, which I trust you will spare yourself.

    Flashman And The Mountain Of Light

  • Then we shall open the vents a little more - your punkah-wallah cooked slowly, for many hours - did he not, Jan?

    Flashman And The Mountain Of Light

  • Then we shall open the vents a little more — your punkah-wallah cooked slowly, for many hours — did he not, Jan?

    Flashman and the Mountain of Light

  • "Your punkah-wallah confessed how you wrote your cyphers with the aid of a book," sneers the Akali.

    Flashman and the Mountain of Light

  • You put them in the Holy Book by your bed — blaspheming your own putrid faith! — whence your old punkah-wallah took them to a courier for Simla!

    Flashman and the Mountain of Light

  • Your punkah-wallah spoke under persuasion … in unspeakable pain, which I trust you will spare yourself.

    Flashman and the Mountain of Light

  • I bawled to the punkah-wallah to go easy, but with the door closed he didn't hear, so I turned out, cursing.

    Flashman and the Mountain of Light

  • The original punkahs were still in full working order, all their operating cords travelling by way of pulleys and holes in walls and floors to a little, airless boot-room where the punkah-wallah sat and tugged the lot together, trapped in the irony of the foetid air of that tiny windowless room while he despatched cool breezes to all other parts of the house.

    The Satanic Verses

  • More than this, complicated movements can be carried out; the postilion can sleep on horseback; the punkah-wallah may work his punkah and at the same time enjoy a slumber; a weary mother may sleep, and yet automatically rock her infant's cradle.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 1178, June 25, 1898

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  • A servant whose job it was to move the punkah, a large canvas fan, back and forth in order to provide a cooling breeze for his master.

    December 7, 2007