Saturday, October 19, 2013

Search for a Magic Carpet in Kashmir, 1981


'Search for a Magic Carpet in Kashmir' (1981) by Frances Hawker and Bruce Campbell was probably the last of its kind - a children's book meant to introduce young ones in west to the exotic east, to Kashmir, all using some beautiful images and a simple story.

This one is weaved around photographs of two little girls Shukila and Hanifa, and send them on a quest for a Magic carpet of their grandfather's stories.

The camera follows them as they walk around the city asking everyone about it. So, along the way we get glimpses of the city. But, the magical flying carpet remains untraced, or so it seems till...

"Hanifa drifted into deep sleep. She felt herself floating upwards. Suddenly the mountains and lakes of Kashmir seemed far below her. Was this a dream, or had she really found the magic carpet?"

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