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3.0 out of 5 stars
Worth a read!, 25 July 2003
This book is an epitaph to a state that has been destroyed by war.
It's for all those people who never had the chance to visit Kashmir before the troubles started and for all those who will never visit because it is still very dangerous. Sudha Koul gives a very personal account of the Kashmir of her youth. Sometimes I thought that perhaps in hindsight things looked a little rosier to her than they really might have been. But, it is still a very interesting account of a way of life that has just about died out.
The main reason why I liked this book so much was because of Mrs Koul's eye for small details. She writes about every day things like the "kangri" - a portable firepot that Kashmiris used to carry around to keep warm as well as to dry clothes, to burn incense in and to warm milk!
Her book ends in the USA where she strives to bring up her children as Americans, but constantly longs for 'home' - or at least, the home she knew as a child.
Definitely worth a read!