By Monisha Rajesh
To appreciate India you might want to see it, pay attention it, breathe it and suppose it. Monisha Rajesh turns to a map of the Indian railways and takes a web page out of Jules Verne’s vintage story, embarking on an event round India in eighty trains, masking 40,000km. Monisha hopes that eighty educate trips up, down and throughout India will raise the veil on a rustic that has turn into a stranger to her.
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From the four archaeological periods of Amri we can trace a sequence of styles, skills and developments that document for us the pointers towards the Indus Civilisation. The site of Kot Diji in Sindh also provides us with unique examples of a culture developing into an urban form. Here firstly, between about 3200 and 2600 bc, a major ceramic industry developed, and the Kot Diji ceramic style reached sites as far apart as Rehman Dheri, Amri and Kalibangan. 61 The plain and painted terracotta bangles, cattle figurines, cones, beads of semi-precious stones, and many objects of shell and bone testify to a standard of living far advanced from that of the people who inhabited the early Neolithic villages.
One is a biography of a famous seventhcentury king, Harsha, written by a courtier named Banabhatta, or Bana for short (Chapter 9), and the other is a fairly coherent account of the history of Kashmir called Rajatarangini, by Kalhana, a scholar and courtier in the Kashmiri kingdom (Chapter 11). Among the secular works we include the accounts of India left by Greek (Chapters 5 and 6), Chinese (Chapters 8 and 9), Tibetan (Chapter 9), Roman (Chapter 7) and Islamic writers such as Al-Biruni (Chapter 11).
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Around India in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh