Dr Mrinmoy K Sarma
Divided into 5 Chapters the book basically is a collection of 28 already published articles, which is adorned with a cover that beautifully depicts the colour photographs of two landmark historical monuments – the Mahabhairab temple and the Da-Parbatiya gate. With 206 pages (including few with some photographs) printed on reasobly good quality paper, the book is a storehouse of archaeological, political and socio-literary history of Sonitpur district of Assam with a twist towards tourism.
The author has used well established methodology in ascertaining factual information from different sources and has taken recourse to many ancient literatures and publications in order to prove a particular point. The author has been successful in scholastically solving many riddles concerning certain archaeological moments including some of the stone inscriptions found across the present town. Some of the articles are testimony to the hard-work the author had to undertake to unearth such unsolved mysteries. Not that he has been successful in historically establishing all the facts of myths, but when he has failed, he candidly admits so.
Some interesting touristic resources the author has successfully pointed out. For example, the existence of a stone inscription just inside the Aruchal Pradesh border is alysed (which is thought to be of the period of mass exile of Tibetan Buddhists in 1959 along with Dalai Lama) authentically. This type of small but uniquely historic fact has the potential of generating tremendous quests in the minds of the tourists, who otherwise zoom past Bhalukpung to Bomdila and Tawang.
In my opinion the major points that get generated from the book are very relevant and apt for a student of tourism. These should also be known to the Tour Operator and Travel Agents dealing with the North eastern region: Local handlers of tourists including the hospitality providers and transporters. The raw facts are so awesome that there is absolutely no need of creating any exaggeration by anybody, as there is always such tendency among a few.
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