About the Book:
Painstakingly spun over the years, these stories, including folk-tales and historical tales, are bound to exercise a charm over people of all ages, even as the beautiful locate of Kashmir does. Bringing an assorted collection together in this prestigious volume-Prof. Somnath Dhar calls it his magnum opus-the learned author shares very interesting vignettes of the Valley, including the chequerred annals, with the reader. The historical tales, starting with an apt reverle on the Jhelum, the historic, serpentine river, recall telling episodes of ancient history, culled from Kalhana's Rajatarangini. The follow tales dealing with Mughal and other rulers, right down to Dogra Maharajas. The last tale recounts the exploits of Mujahid Sherwani, the martyr of 'New Kashmir,. The story of "Robin Hood of Kashmir", had appeared in 108 countries, as one of 'The World's Strangest Stories', syndicated by a London daily, in 1957-58. Jammu and Kashmir State has an in exhaustible fund of folk-tales-well glimpsed in the representative tales retold by the author. Their common denominator is an exotic admixture of the miraculous and the familiar, the myth and the reality. The short stories deal with the people, portraying them in diverse moods and situations, and depicting their deep-set superstitions as well as their struggles with wild animals and untamed nature in some her fiercest moods. Altogether, the Tales of Kashmir is guaranteed to entertain the readers, young and old.