khansamah

khansamah

(ˈkɑːnsəˌmɑː)
n
(in India)a cook, steward, or other male servant
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The problem is that the khansamah who looks after the bungalow speaks as if the old master were still alive.
For one trip she decided to move in the rainy season, writing this about it: "Our train consisted of a khansamah (head servant), who had the direction of the whole journey, three khidmughars (attendants), a sirdar-bearer (valet), the tailor, the washerman, the watercarrier, the cook and mussaulchees (scullions), 12 bearers for each palanquin, and claishees (tent-pitchers), banghie-bearers (box-bearers), and other servants almost innumerable.