By Brigid Keenan

The very identify Kashmir evokes magical pictures, from the genuine backyard paradise of Shalimar to Thomas Moore’s awesome descriptions in “Lalla Rookh”. Recounting the tale of this vibrant and engaging quarter because it appears to be like in commute writing, literature, and ancient works from precedent days to the current day, Travels in Kashmir bargains a full of life and accomplished advisor to a land little understood within the West.

Beginning with a casual heritage of Kashmir – from the legends of the twelfth-century Kalhana to the debts of British colonial rulers – the e-book brings jointly a wide selection of enticing travellers’ stories, experiences, and outlines that vividly illustrate the altering perceptions of the world – either Indian and ecu – during the years. Of specific curiosity is a piece at the arts, crafts, and craftspeople of Kashmir, which focuses in particular at the shawl-weaving, carpet-making, and papier mâché works that experience received foreign renown.

Throughout, Keenan proves a pointy in addition to sympathetic observer with a watch for the fun and the poignant, and the pleasing approach she unfolds the tale of Kashmir’s humans, locations, and crafts makes this a booklet that may be loved by way of travelers, readers of trip writing, and a person attracted to some of the most strange and gorgeous locations within the world.'

Brigid Keenan used to be born in India and trained in England and France. She has been style editor of the Sunday Times and women’s editor of The Observer. whereas traveling the area along with her diplomat husband, she has released style histories, Damascus: Hidden Treasures of the outdated City and the bestselling Diplomatic luggage: The Adventures of a Trailing Spouse.

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