When ice was first introduced to India in the 19th century it created a sensation. Huge blocks of ice were harvested from frozen rivers in Maine and transported in insulated hulls to India and other Southern climes (including Cuba). Cubans, especially those who were removed only a generation or two from Spain, had some recollection or at least had heard of ice. Indians had not. For Cubans it was a wonder that this "precious luxury might be preserved by careful husbandry until the season when its coolness was the most grateful." Indians would have had no difficulty believing that ice came from the moon. Indeed, whatever ice had ever landed in India did fall from the heavens.
Everybody in India wanted to see ice. Touch it. But none save the British or the majarahs could afford to buy it. Nearly 200 years later, there are still parts of India unacquainted with ice.
Was the introduction of ice to India a "reform?" Did it end the British Raj or bring Indians one day closer to freedom and self-determination? No, on the contrary, it made the lives of their oppressors more comfortable. They, after all, were used to ice. Nevertheless, ice in India was certainly a novelty worth noting.