Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Farmers Of Jammu, Kashmir And Ladakh (1959)


Free give away rare book this month for SearchKashmir Free Book ProjectThis is the twelfth and final book released this year. 


Kashmir specific photographs from the M.S. Randhawa's 'Farmers of India' series were previously shared in July by Man Mohan Munshi Ji [here]. The photographer was Hari Krishna Gorkha.

I am now sharing the entire Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh section from M.S. Randhawa's 'Farmers of India' series. Volume 1 (1959).

Interesting bits:

Kashmiri name of things.


Apples: Abru or Ambri. Mohi Amri. Khuddu Sari. Nabadi Trel. Sill Trel. Khatoni Trel. Dud Ambri. Wild Apples: Tet shakr. Malmu.


Pears: Nak Satarwati. Nak Gulabi. Gosh Bug (Bub). Tang.

Walnuts: Kaghazi. Burzal. Wantu.


Local name of the type of soil: grutu, bahil, sekil and dazanlad.


Most of the archaic information in the write up comes from Walter Roper Lawrence's 'The Valley of Kashmir' (1895), which in turn relied on expertise of Kashmiri historian Ghulam Hasan Shah (1832-1898). That should some idea about the lack of documentation on such matter since then. Also, the importance of this colonial work for the new bureaucracy of independent India. 


The books does offer tabled details on the area under cultivation and the approximate output.

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