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 braved stormy seas and traversed
hostile territories, documenting their travels and travails in
detailed and often amusing accounts.
Anuradha Kumar’s Across the Seven Seas brings together
14 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. These are tales of great opportunities and
tragic failures. These are chronicles of daring and discovery.
You will marvel at the Mughal emperor’s emissary to the British
king; the scientific 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 yogi who took the crowds by storm… These
are the stories of travellers 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...