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  • n. A government messenger in the British Raj.


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  • Because of my dark color he mistook me for a chaprassi (scavengar/janitor).

    Why are South Indians so smart?

  • The day after Mr. Qureishi's departure, the chaprassi Gul Muhammad ditched his scooter and joined the foot-pilgrims, knotting a handkerchief around his head to indicate his devotion.

    The Satanic Verses

  • Each bird is given by nature a new suit of clothes every autumn, and in most cases the bird, like a Government _chaprassi_, has to make it last a whole year.

    Birds of the Indian Hills

  • There is, however, this difference between the bird and the _chaprassi_: the plumage of the former always looks clean and smart, while the garment of the _chaprassi_ is usually neither the one nor the other.

    Birds of the Indian Hills

  • God knows what they called me -- orderly, _chaprassi_ (messenger), cook, sweeper, I did not know nor care.

    Traffics and Discoveries

  • The chaprassi who took the envelope was not more of an idiot than most chaprassis.

    Plain Tales from the Hills

  • A chaprassi called Joga tells of having been compelled to travel at night through a forest: he heard a voice calling him by name.

    In the Forbidden Land

  • Two clerks who had witnessed the scene, and a chaprassi, were sent along to Mr Macgregor’s office to corroborate the story.

    Burmese Days


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