Author: Sunil Mehra
Publisher: Roli Books
ISBN/UPC (if available): 817436059x
The color and romance of Rajasthan, in both its unity and its diversity, is the focus of this book..
This essence manifests itself in Rajasthan's history, its customs, celebrations, rituals, architecture, art, but most of all in the indomitable spirit of its people, whether noble or humble birth. Shared notions of honor, chivalry, valor and hierarchy unite the people of Rajasthan across divides of social class and region, and give them their distinctive ethos. .
The author evokes the ethos in an exposition that takes into account the multi-faceted reality of Rajasthan. Thus, the sightseer's curiosity about the historical and architectural details of Rajasthan's myriad monuments will be satisfied with the same felicity of description as will be the amateur ethnographer's avidity for richly-textured descriptions of the customs and rituals of the Rajasthani people in all their variety and beauty. .
Nor will the historically-minded be disappointed - there is a wealth of detail about genealogies and dynasties, battles and stratagems; the anecdotal merges seamlessly with the larger canvas. .
For those who want to experience, understand and share the mystique of what Rajasthan was, and what it is now, this book will be an indispensable companion and guide.