from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A soldier on horseback, specially one during the British Raj.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. In India, a mounted soldier.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A horse-soldier; especially, a native cavalry soldier in the British-Indian army, often in the sense of an orderly or mounted attendant or guard.
For answer the sowar nodded, took out his Khyber knife, and stepped back under the trees to where his companions were guarding the prisoner, or what was left of him.
So there I was - Colonel Harry Paget Flashman, late of the 11th Hussars, 17th Lancers and the Staff, former aide to the Commander-in-Chief, and now acting-sowar and rear file in the skirmishing squadron, 3rd Cavalry, Bengal Army, and if you think it was a mad-brained train of circumstance that had taken me there - well, so did I.
In the meantime, I had one good night's sleep, feeling safe for the first time in weeks with Ilderim's rascals around me, and next day we just lay up in the temple ruins while one sowar went to scout for Shadman Khan, who was meant to be out stealing horses for us.
You're here now, as an ordinary sowar - but a sowar who gathers up papers as though he's as used to handling 'em as I am.
Ilderim and I and the remaining three waited until nightfall, and then set off on foot to the thicket where we were to rendezvous; there were the first six horses and a sowar waiting, and round about midnight Shadman and his companions came clattering out of the dark to join us, crowing with laughter.
"Ram-ram, * (* Hello.) sowar," says I, and forced myself to leer at him.
He was a Pathan, skull-cap and pyjamys and all, and as he came to my horse's head I recognised the sowar who'd given me his gear and pony when I'd left Jhansi - Rafik Tamwar.
They didn't have the numbers, I hey didn't have the weight, and they were spent, man and beast — but they had the time and the place to perfection, and in a twinkling the Khalsa charge was a struggling confusion of rearing beasts and falling riders and flashing steel as the Lights tore into its heart and the sowar lancers raked across its front. 36
Now that's a pension we'll see paid, with arrears, thinks I: an ex-sowar of Bengal Cavalry who has a king's ear is worth a few chips a month.
What they thought, to see a hairy gorracharra sowar treated with such consideration by their Wazir, I don't know.
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