Though Indians have been travelling for the last few centuries, documentation of their travels have been scarce and far between. Since the beginning of this century, books and articles on Indian travel writing have become quite conspicuous and the numbers are growing at quite a rapid pace. At present Indian Travel Writing in all its variety has also become an established genre of academic discipline encompassing history, sociology, anthropology, memoirs, adventure tales and many more areas.
This anthology on Indian travel writing contains twenty three essays that try to cover several new aspects of this protean genre ranging from the eighteenth century to texts written just a few years ago. Divided into five sections, it cuts across boundaries of time and space and enables new interpretations to be made. The individual essays, contributed by reputed scholars in the area as well as young academics researching in this field, cover general overviews, pilgrimages, and different kinds of travel within the country and abroad. Special emphasis has been given to hitherto lesser known travel narratives pertaining to the North East, and those written in bhasha literatures.
Contributors : Jayati Gupta, Simonti Sen, Shrutakirti Dutta, Nilanjana Sikdar Datta, Saptarshi Mallick, Shafana Shaffi, Bhaskar Jyoti Gogoi, Indrani Bandyopadhyay, Shibashish Purkayastha, Rosy Chamling, Sarbajaya Bhattacharya, Raj Gaurav Verma, Siddharth Dubey, Saurabh Sarmadhikari, Vijay Prakash Singh, Somdatta Mandal, Sajal Dey, Sucheta Sankar V., Meera B., Gaana Jayagopalan, Upamanyu Sengupta, Norden Michael Lepcha, Koushik Mondal