“As for the land of the Hind it is bounded on the East by the Persian Sea, on the west and south by the countries of Islām, and on the north by the Chinese Empire. The length of the land of the Hind from the government of Mokrān, the country of Mansūra and Bodha and the rest of Sind, till thou comest to Kannūj and thence passest on to Tibet, is about 4 months, and its breadth from the Persian Sea to the country of Kannūj about three months.“
Hind as described by Abu Ishaq Ibrahim ibn Muhammad al-Farisi al Istakhri a Persian medieval geographer in medieval Islam.
Tuzk-e-Hind (Memoirs of Hind) is an online publication aimed at creating awareness about the pre-partition Indian subcontinent and about how various aspects of the geographic extents have transformed and helped transform the people with time. The publication not only deals with historic accounts of the Hind, but also tries to associate Hind with the present day cities, places and people.
The section named “Then and Now” aims at comparing the present day urban/rural landscapes to the same landscapes during or before the 20th C. to measure the shift in the metabolism of the cities. The intriguing landscapes are also sometimes compared to the great artworks and paintings of the likes of Hiroshi Yoshida (Japanese woodblock painter), William Carpenter (Watercolor), and Edwin Lord Weeks (Oil on canvas).
This study of landscapes is taken up further by appreciating the works of various artists of the Hind, whether it be the contemporaries like Zarina Hashmi (Various medium), Jamini Roy (Oil on Canvas), Abdur Rahman Chughtai (Watercolor) or Mazhar Ali Khan (Artist from 19th C. Delhi) and the likes.
Similarly the publication also aims at studying, analyzing and appreciating the existing documentation in the form of movies, cartography, historical accounts, etc. It thrives on various studies and observations by historians, architects (students and professionals), teachers and professors, and everyday people whose contribution, even though little is valuable.
It not only aims at documentation and analysis of historic accounts, but also encourages day to day people to write about their tete–a–tete with the remainants of the past, thereby, making the publication, a crowd sourced and participatory platform for all to contribute.
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Also, please feel free to correct, add, edit, amend the information posted on the publication. We feel that discussions make the information richer.
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