from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A native peddler or itinerant merchant.
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His outlook, allowing for the fact that after all he was an artist, was that of the salaried bureaucrat who despises the box-wallah and often lives a lifetime without realizing that the box-wallah calls the tune.
Rudyard Kipling 1942
His outlook, allowing for the fact that after all he was an artist, was that of the salaried bureaucrat who despises the ‘box-wallah’ and often lives a lifetime without realizing that the
Collected Essays 1900
However, in It Rained All Night, they take place in the home of Noyangshu Mukherji, a college lecturer turned box-wallah.
You see, Mr Turner, I was a vicar's daughter working for a law firm in London when I first met Tusker, he was visiting from London and he seemed so exotic and accomplished and I envisioned a proper military wedding but it was not to be and I've since come to realise he is a man quite without ambition and after he retired from his box-wallah job in Bombay 10 years ago, we returned to Pankot where we've been hanging on ever since.
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