Across The Seven Seas: Indian Travellers’ Tales from the Past


Author: Anuradha Kumar

9789350098264 | PB | pp. 176 | 2015 | Hachette India

Across the Seven Sees is a collection of tales of Indian travellers from the 18th and 19th centuries. Read about their amazing journeys and adventures.

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A lot has been written about people who came to India at various times in history, but not enough about those who went from here to strange and surprising foreign lands.

Way before trains and planes, speed and luxury, these intrepid globetrotters from India sailed stormy seas and traversed hostile territories, documenting their travels and travails in detailed and often amusing accounts.

Across the Seven Seas, brings together more than a dozen dramatic accounts of Indian travellers from the 18th and 19th centuries, giving a vivid view of the world as it was then. These are stories of exploration and adventure, wonderment and acceptance, learning and sharing. These are tales of great opportunities and tragic failure. These are chronicles of daring and discovery.

Marvel at the Mughal emperor’s emissary who carried a letter to the English king, the shipbuilding genius who studied the power of steam, the army camp follower who became the master of ‘shampooing’, the legal eagle who was the first Indian woman to study law abroad, and the philosopher yogi who took the crowds by storm… And these were only a few of the voyagers who traced pioneering routes to England, Italy, Turkey, Russia, America, China and more – all at a time of revolutionary technological advances, pervasive colonialism and amazing journeys.

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About the Author

Anuradha Kumar aka Anu Kumar studied at Delhi University where she did a Masters in History, and the XLRI School of Business in Jamshedpur. She has written several books for children and older readers alike, and two of her stories were awarded by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association in 2004 and 2010. Her most recent books for Hachette India have been It Takes a Murder (for adults, 2013) and three titles in the ‘What They Did, What They Said’ series, featuring Chanakya, Sarojini Naidu and Vivekananda. She lives in Maryland, US, with her husband and daughter, and is pursuing the MFA programme of writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.


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