Wednesday, February 5, 2014

SearchKashmir Free Books Project


Over the years, like a famished beast, I have devoured books listed at archive.org. The Kashmir image archive was built primarily out of material from there. But often, while searching for some subject, I ran into books that were still not digitalised or not publicly available outside of foreign libraries. So, not too often, I ending up buying a rare book. Now, I want to give a little back to the project.


The idea is simple. Every month I will be uploading one rare and out-of-print book about Kashmir to archive.org, so that others can read it for free.

January: A test run. Something that I had shared previously via images only. With archive.org, now the book is also available in easy to search text format



February: A book by Pandit Anand Koul that provides interesting information of industries of the state.

March: After 'Beyond the Pir Panjal life and missionary enterprise in Kashmir' by Ernest F. Neve (1914, first published in 1912, here) went out of print, in 1931 he came up with a small concise and updated version in 1931 and titled it 'Things Seen in Kashmir'.

Things Seen in Kashmir (1931) by  Ernest F. Neve

The Mallinson School Recipes

A book shared by reader from his personal collection. Now complied and uploaded to the archive.[Details] Probable date mid-1960s.

April: A photo book published by Publication Division in November 1956. This is the second edition that came out in May 1962.
Kashmir, 1956

May: An anthology of photographs, verse, and description, mainly of India including Kashmir, Delhi and now Af-Pak region published by a British soldier towards the end of World War 2. [Details]

Of Hills (1944)  by Tom Ashley Lakeman


June: A travel guide by a former student of Biscoe.[Details]

Holidaying and Trekking in Kashmir (1969) by N. L. Bakaya

July: A School report for C.M.S. School from year 1926 [Details]

Lake and River Scouts in Kashmir

August: A rare trekking guide written by a woman and meant for women. [Details]

Trekking in Kashmir, with a family, or without one" (1930) by Barbara Earl.


September: A school booklet from year 1944 published by Church Mission School, Srinagar.

Tackling The Impossible

October: A book on first Kashmir war of 1947-48

Defending Kashmir (1949)

November: A travelogue by a British woman about her visit to Ladakh in 1926

Magic Mountain (1945)

December: A book on farmers of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh

Farmers Of Jammu, Kashmir And Ladakh (1959)


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