Parvez Dewan can send you to sleep about Jammu. If anyone has the ultimate dossier on this region, it is he, after years of running about India's northernmost state, administering and adventuring his way around its valleys, peaks and rivers.
Along the way he managed to revive Basohli's famous miniature paintings and worked with nomadic Gujjar tribes. Along with studying the history of the region, he spent more than two years recording the customs and traditions of Banni, an enchanting valley on the state's border with Himachal Pradesh.
During field visits he came upon compelling reminders of the legendary unity that has always existed between Jammu's Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs. This led him to investigate how the events of 1947 had changed things.
In this first-of-its kind three-volume set on Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, one on each region, Parvez Dewan has tried to bring alive the past of the fabled land that has been the arena of his adult life: an up-to-date yet timeless history of the magical trinity of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh that crowns the sub-continent of India.