Travels in Kashmir

Travels in Kashmir : A Popular History of Its People, Places and Crafts

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The very name Kashmir conjures up magical images, from the real garden paradise of Shalimar to Thomas Moore's fantastic descriptions in "Lalla Rookh." Recounting the story of this colorful and fascinating region as it appears in travel writing, literature, and historical works from ancient times to the present day, Travels in Kashmir offers a lively and comprehensive guide to a land little understood in the West. Beginning with an informal history of Kashmir--from the legends of the twelfth-century Kalhana to the accounts of British colonial rulers--the book brings together a wide variety of engaging travelers tales, reports, and descriptions that vividly illustrate the changing perceptions of the area--both Indian and European--throughout the years. Of particular interest is a section on the arts, crafts, and craftspeople of Kashmir, which focuses specifically on the shawl-weaving, carpet-making, and papier mache works that have gained international renown. Throughout, Keenan proves a sharp as well as sympathetic observer with an eye for the amusing and the poignant, and the entertaining way she unfolds the story of Kashmir's people, places, and crafts makes this a book that will be enjoyed by tourists, readers of travel writing, and anyone interested in one of the most unusual and beautiful places in the world."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 129.54 x 195.58 x 22.86mm | 226.8g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 019282791X
  • 9780192827913

Table of contents

A personal introduction; the secret garden - an informal history; travellers' tales - descriptions of Kashmir from earliest times to the 19th century; resort of the Raj; a thousand flowers - arts, crafts, people; principal sites in Srinagar and the Kashmir Valley.show more

About Brigid Keenan

About the Author Brigid Keenan was born in India and educated in England and France. She has been Fashion Editor of the Sunday Times and Women's Editor of The Observer. She is currently exploring Gambia while contributing articles to leading newspapers and magazines in Europe.show more

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