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Dreaming Vishnus (A Journey Through Central India)
Dreaming Vishnus (A Journey Through Central India)
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The story of an intrepid traveller’s mammoth obsession and his wild and wonderful journey into the heart of India

A fascination with elephants and crumbling edifies leads designer and writer-photographer Vikramajit Ram on an extended journey across India, chronicling depictions of the animal in ancient Indian sculpture.

Dreaming Vishnus recounts one of these journeys, made in parts of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Travelling to Bhimbetka, Sanchi, Orchha, Khajuraho, and other lesser known places, Vikaram discovers a religion rich in curiosities from prehistoric painted caves to medieval royal palaces; bat infested temples to others alive with erotica; time warped hotels of the Raj to Luxurious resorts in tiger jungles. Against this vibrant backdrop, the route taken by the author in assorted modes of transport yields a bonanza of bizarre situations involving colorful local characters and fellow travelers. They include two wily cousins a western romantic with a problematic mantra, a runway cuckold, an oracle and a pair of delightfully eccentric sisters. Curiously, the motif that interweaves his journey is the image of a recumbent Vishnu which crops up everywhere in the art (and life) of the region.

Dreaming Vishnus is a blend of art and architectural history with intimate observations of people and places. It is also a story of beauty and neglect, hope and serendipity

Dreaming Vishnus (A Journey Through Central India)

Item Code:
NAF468
Cover:
Paperback
Edition:
2008
ISBN:
97801431041791
Language:
English
Size:
8.5 inch x 5.5 inch
Pages:
290 (23 Color Illustrations)
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Weight of the Book: 235 gms
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Back of the Book

The story of an intrepid traveller’s mammoth obsession and his wild and wonderful journey into the heart of India

A fascination with elephants and crumbling edifies leads designer and writer-photographer Vikramajit Ram on an extended journey across India, chronicling depictions of the animal in ancient Indian sculpture.

Dreaming Vishnus recounts one of these journeys, made in parts of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Travelling to Bhimbetka, Sanchi, Orchha, Khajuraho, and other lesser known places, Vikaram discovers a religion rich in curiosities from prehistoric painted caves to medieval royal palaces; bat infested temples to others alive with erotica; time warped hotels of the Raj to Luxurious resorts in tiger jungles. Against this vibrant backdrop, the route taken by the author in assorted modes of transport yields a bonanza of bizarre situations involving colorful local characters and fellow travelers. They include two wily cousins a western romantic with a problematic mantra, a runway cuckold, an oracle and a pair of delightfully eccentric sisters. Curiously, the motif that interweaves his journey is the image of a recumbent Vishnu which crops up everywhere in the art (and life) of the region.

Dreaming Vishnus is a blend of art and architectural history with intimate observations of people and places. It is also a story of beauty and neglect, hope and serendipity

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