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Ethnobotany of Rewalsar Himalaya

S K Sood (Author) Smriti Thakur (Author)

This invaluable compendium opens our eyes to the wealth of scientific information on the utilization of 262 plant species [Medicinal - 236; vegetable - 25; wild edible fruits - 24; fodder - 18; magico-religious beliefs and offerings - 16; fibre (cordage, basketry, stuffing) - 5; aromatic - 2; dye - 1; fire making - 1] by the indigenous people inhabiting all the villages under Rewalsar block, a mythologically important wonderland of North-West Himalaya which falls on the confluence of 'Sikandra Dhar' and 'Barkot' ranges and abounds in beautiful sacred lakes. To gain an overview of this region, detailed information on various aspects of the land, people and its rich cultural heritage is also provided. The contents and style of the text are lucid, cogent and highly stimulating. To facilitate identity and comprehension by the readers, the text is abundantly illustrated with 322 photographs. It is, therefore, hoped that this book would serve as a valuable resource to students and scholars of ethnobotany, policy-makers, conservation organizations and pharmacology, and a must for scientific and university libraries.

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About the authors

S K Sood

Dr. S.K. Sood is Professor of Botany at the Department of Biosciences, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. He obtained his M.Sc. (1974) and M. Phil. (1976) from Himachal Pradesh University and Ph.D. (1981) from Nagarjuna University, Guntur, specializing in Plant Systematics and Embryology. For his post-doctoral, he underwent specialized training in Ethnobotany. He has had a brilliant academic career followed by over 25 years of teaching and conducting research in Botany at Postgraduate as well as research levels. Dr. Sood has guided about 10 M. Phil and 12 Ph.D. students and published numerous research papers in various national and international journals. He has attended and participated in many seminars, workshops and conferences. He is also associated with many educational and research bodies in India and abroad. A prolific writer, his book Ethnobotany of Cold Desert Tribes of Lahoul-Spiti (N.W. Himalaya): Deep Publications, New Delhi, 2001, was widely acclaimed. His current major interests are in the theory and practice of systematics, flora of North-West Himalaya, ethnic tribes and conservation research.

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Smriti Thakur

Dr. Smriti Thakur is a postgraduate from Bangalore University. She obtained her Ph.D. (2001) from Shimla, specializing in Ethnobotany. At Present, she is working as a lecturer.

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Bibliographic information

Title Ethnobotany of Rewalsar Himalaya
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Deep Publications
Language: English
isbn 8185622108
length x+388p., Maps; Tables; 57 Plates; Appendices; 22cm.