" messengers hastening to Bahadur Shah, the Mogul "
Bahadur Shah II, whose full name was Abu Zafar Sirajuddin Muhammad Bahadur Shah Zafar, was the last of India's Mogul Emperors.
He reigned from 28 September 1837 to 14 September 1857. Following the Indian Rebellion of 1857, Bahadur Shah was exiled to Rangoon, Burma where he died in 1862.
" A long white road, straight as a sword blade, led from the Flagstaff Tower to the Kashmir Gate "
The Kashmir Gate in 2008 - Credit: Fredswd
The Kashmir Gate is the northern gate of the city of Delhi, India. The gate was an important strategic point in the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
The Europeans who survived the rebellion gathered at the Flagstaff Tower, just north of Delhi, on May 11 1857.
" the broad level of the Grand Trunk Road "
Grand Trunk Road - Credit: Mattes
The Grand Trunk Road is one of the oldest and longest roads in South Asia. It was originally built to connect Agra with the town of Sasaram. The road was extended westwards by the Moghuls, at one time reaching as far as Kabul in Afghanistan, and was later extended further by the British until it spanned a major portion of India.
" many widows had preferred to become suttees "
The term suttee, sometimes spelled sati, refers to a funeral ceremony practiced by some Hindu communities in which a widow is burned alive on her husband's funeral pyre.
Although laws have been passed banning the practice of suttee it is still sometimes performed voluntarily today.
" the monsoon slackened "
The term monsoon usually refers to seasonal winds in parts of Asia such as India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The winds blow from the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea, bringing very heavy rainfall.