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  • n. Plural form of tonga.


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  • Though these animal-driven taxis, known as tongas, have plied the streets of Delhi for centuries, in recent years authorities have relegated them to just a few routes in some of the oldest and most congested parts of the city.

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  • They love their bullocks, their tongas and their cycles that all make it to the race ..

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  • Outside the station was the familiar rank of tongas, their horses and their drivers hooded with shawls.

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  • Like all tongas, this one was cramped and their hips and shoulders jolted together with each rut in the road.

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  • Kananbala retreated upstairs after the tongas had left, and stood at the window with the remnant of her smile of farewell.

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  • The General Hospital is a seedy palace with towers and spires, bridges and buttresses and yellow cornices and parked in front are three tongas, a 1936


  • By the Bombay mail, I suppose -- no, an hour or so later; private tongas are always as much as that behind the mail. '

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  • I believe more travellers arrived later, for -- although, thanks to Sir Amax Singh and good luck, we gained a good start at Baramula -- now the tongas are beginning to roll in and the plot to thicken.

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  • For our visit to the Khaiber Pass General Nixon, Commandant at Peshawar, put a carriage at our disposal, in which we drove as far as Jamrud, the isolated fort so often pictured in our illustrated papers, where we exchanged into tongas, in which to complete the journey through the pass as far as Ali Musjid.

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  • In place of guns stood a strangely assorted collection of wagons, spring carts, tongas -- anything on wheels -- that a certain doctor had got together and brought up at full speed to take away the wounded.

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