Kashmir - The Loss of Innocence

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About the Book This is the story of six sisters set against the backdrop of the beautiful valley of Kashmir. Daughters of Prem Nath Kohli, Manager Private Estates to Maharaja Hari Singh of Kashmir and an obsessive naturalist and photographer, the Kohli sisters were brought up in an orthodox society by a fiercely progressive father. The book follows the life of the sisters, through their days of carefree innocence, economic ups and downs and their love and loss, as seen through the e...

About the Book

This is the story of six sisters set against the backdrop of the beautiful valley of Kashmir. Daughters of Prem Nath Kohli, Manager Private Estates to Maharaja Hari Singh of Kashmir and an obsessive naturalist and photographer, the Kohli sisters were brought up in an orthodox society by a fiercely progressive father. The book follows the life of the sisters, through their days of carefree innocence, economic ups and downs and their love and loss, as seen through the ever-curious eyes of their youngest sister, Ginni.

The book traces the journey of the 'Kohli sisters' through three major political upheavals — Indian Independence and the Partition of India, the invasion by Kabaili raiders in 1947 and finally, terrorism in the 1990s that was the cause of the family's final parting from their roots in the Valley. This book spans seven decades of their love and longing for Kashmir, against the political backdrop of the times.

About the Author

Kiran Narain nee Kohli grew up in Kashmir as the youngest daughter of Prem Nath Kohli, forrestor and pioneering botanist of Kashmir and Manager Private Estates to H.R.H. Maharaja Hari Singh of Kashmir. Growing up in a household of six sisters in Kashmir, Kiran's early years were spent in Baramulla until the Kabaili attack of 1947 and then Srinagar. She taught English at the Women's College in Srinagar and moved to Calcutta after her marriage in 1965 to an officer of the Indian Revenue Services. She continued her association with Kashmir through the years, visiting her father's home each year and lived again in the state, once her husband was posted as Commissioner Income Tax with J&K under his jurisdiction from 1970 to 1985. She served as a social worker and was nominated as a Member of the Delhi Consumer's Forum in the 1990s. She has continued writing as a free lance journalist for various newspapers and magazines and until recently was a columnist for The Tribune.

Contents

  Foreword by Dr. Karan Singh  
  Preface: Paradise Lost  
1 Baramulla 14
2 The Kohli Sisters 22
3 1947 - Partition 28
4 Baramulla - the Aftermath 46
5 The Tempest 54
6 Batmalloo 62
7 Jammu 70
8 A Loyal Custodian 80
9 The Lotus Eaters 98
10 Didi's Wedding 104
11 Back to Routine 112
12 The Change of Guard 118
13 Shifting Once More 132
14 Percy Brown 138
15 Baramulla Again 148
16 Sonamarg 154
17 Political Happenings 172
18 The Summer of 1954 190
19 Mimi's Wedding 198
20 Hard times 206
21 Behenji's Days Back in the Valley 218
22 Through the Portals of Learning 230
23 The Highs and Lows of Life 248
24 Meeting arainji 260
25 Back to the Roots 268
26 Changing Times 278
27 The Exodus (1990) 292
28 Uprooted 314
29 The Catharsis 320
  Glossary 331

 








Item Code: NAP377 Author: Kiran Kohli Narain Cover: Hardcover Edition: 2015 Publisher: Eminence Designs Pvt. Ltd Language: English Size: 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch Pages: 336 (74 B/W Illustrations) Other Details: Weight of the Book: 535 gms
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