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Dreaming Vishnus: A Journey Through Central India

Vikramajit Ram (Author)

The story of an intrepid traveller’s mammoth obsession and his wild and wonderful journey into the heart of India A fascination with elephants and crumbling edifies leads designer and writer-photographer Vikramajit Ram on an extended journey across India, chronicling depictions of the animal in ancient Indian sculpture.

Dreaming Vishnus recounts one of these journeys, made in parts of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Travelling to Bhimbetka, Sanchi, Orchha, Khajuraho, and other lesser known places, Vikaram discovers a religion rich in curiosities from prehistoric painted caves to medieval royal palaces; bat infested temples to others alive with erotica; time warped hotels of the Raj to Luxurious resorts in tiger jungles. Against this vibrant backdrop, the route taken by the author in assorted modes of transport yields a bonanza of bizarre situations involving colorful local characters and fellow travelers. They include two wily cousins a western romantic with a problematic mantra, a runway cuckold, an oracle and a pair of delightfully eccentric sisters. Curiously, the motif that interweaves his journey is the image of a recumbent Vishnu which crops up everywhere in the art (and life) of the region.

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About the author

Vikramajit Ram

Vikramajit Ram trained at the national Institute of design and is an independent designer and writer based in Bangalore. His photographs of architecture and sculpture have illustrated various publications including the Crafts Council of India’s two-volume documentations, Stone Crafts of India.

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Title Dreaming Vishnus: A Journey Through Central India
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2008
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 97801431041791
length 290p., 23 Colour Illustrations; 8.5 inch x 5.5 inch