The land of Kashmir celebrated as paradise on earth for its scenic beauty, has an equally enchanting historical and cultural past: this is the place symbolizing India's cultural unity, where different cultures have prospered at different times, where scholars from all over Indian and the distant lands of Mesopotamia, Persia and China converged to imbibe learning in ancient times.
The author S. Sapru here unravels the glorious past of Kashmir, he discusses its importance as the centre of Sanskrit learning in he bygone eras; its achievements in music, dance, drama, sculpture, language and literature, and philosophy marked by the artistic and literary contributions of eminent men like Jayaditta, Bhatta, Jayadhara, Pingla and Abhinavagupta. Referring to various historical works and combining facts with legend, folklore and impressions from oral traditions, he presents a graphic picture of life and times in the valley in the past that deals with a range of themes like the land mythology, statecraft, trade links, urban centres, tax system, system of crime and punishment and an ancient tourist's impressions of the valley, through a smooth-flowing narrative that makes the book extremely readable, the author points out that there is more to Kashmir than the present day spate of violence; the land and its people have an essential Indianness common to other people of India and Kashmir's link with the rest of India Cannot be severed.
About the Author
The Author is a senior journalist who has been associated with the leading newspapers- The India Express, The Pioneer and The Deccan Herald. Presently, Consulting Editor for the Reference Encyclopedia India 2001 and Consultant to Enbee Technologies, he is the winner of prestigious awards including the press Foundation of Asia-Mitsubishi, Journalist of the year Award 1987. He is the Author of many books based on his varied experiences as a journalist: among them are The News Merchants (1982), The Pioneer Saga (1989), The Sky Hawks.
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