Global Rights For Arup Kumar Dutta's Book 'The Ahoms' Purchased by Harper Collins
The world-renowned publishing house Harper Collins has purchased the global rights for Arup Kumar Dutta's book 'The Ahoms'
One would surely have heard of Harper Collins if he is an avid reader. Harper Collins is one of the largest if not the largest publishing house in the world headquartered in New York. It is a household name across the world.
A press release stated that Harper Collins has decided to purchase the global rights for the book 'The Ahoms' written by Arup Kumar Dutta. The book will enlighten the wider global audience about the history of the northeastern region in general and the glorious Ahom kingdom in particular thereby providing crucial insights into its history.
It is also very good news for the literature enthusiast of Assam.
The book 'The Ahoms' delineates the setting up of the Ahom Kingdom in 1228 A.D. in the Brahmaputra Valley and its surrounding mountains. They ruled formidably for around 600 years making it one of the very few dynasties to have ruled for this long. Their rule extended to a large part of the northeast including all of present-day Assam. It is said that they resisted consistent attempts of invasions by the mighty Mughal army. The Mughals ultimately failed to annex this land.
Led by a brave leader named Su-Ka-Pha, a group of Shan or Tai Warriors entered Upper Assam and set up the nucleus of what was later to become the powerful Ahom empire. These men originally hailed from neighbouring Myanmar.
The pre-colonial Assamese nation owes its existence to the Ahom Kingdom. It is because this land had been inhabited by disparate tribes prior to the Ahoms. The Ahoms managed to unite all these different tribes under one umbrella and hence, as a result, a distinct Assamese language, culture and nationalist identity were evolved. Its history is replete with tales of war, bravery, brutality, love, loyalty, treachery and treason.
In order to make the book appealing, the writer has decided to fictionalize the history but not at the expense of accuracy in the depiction of the historical events. It is a must-read for those who are curious to educate themselves on this topic.