I had come across this letter in the files of the National Archives of India, New Delhi, while researching for my own work on the history of the Western Himalayas. This was in the summer of 1995 or 1996.
Though unrelated to my own work, this letter seemed so remarkable that I had copied it down as exactly as I could (gaps, formatting and shorthands included).
Over the years it got misplaced among all my notes and copies of archival papers; often I looked for it but despaired that I had lost it forever. Today while looking for some data on commodity prices in the Sutlej river valley in the 19th century for an article I am writing on markets and borders in colonial Western Himalayas, it surprised me with its presence, smiling happily between sheets enumerating the population of different occupation groups in the Simla Hill States from the Census taken on 10th of January 1958.
Here it is, exactly as I had copied it. Read the rest of this entry »
Got this list some years ago on email and found it again while searching for something else today. While its a bit American in its cultural setting, many of the suggestions are universally valid. Go try them out! Read the rest of this entry »
The ancient name of the river which is called Narmada today. Read the rest of this entry »
its been a long time i have not posted anything here. Read the rest of this entry »
One of the first communists I knew when I was growing up in Shimla in the early 1970s was the trade unionist D N Kapoor, Kapoor chacha to me. Read the rest of this entry »