Kutchh: Bird’s Eye view [કચ્છઃ વિહંગાવલોકન]

First Edition: July 2011

Author: Haresh Dholakia                                       hareshdholakia@yahoo.com

Publishers: Goorjar Granthratna Karyalay      goorjar@yahoo.com

ISBN 987 -81-8480-596-3

Shri Haresh Dholakia has written and published several books on Kutchh in the past. “Kutchh: Bird’s Eye View” is thus a continuing compendium of his incremental articles on Kutch.

Resultantly, the book, spanning 21 concise chapters, covers several facets, like geo-cultural history and reports; the politico-historical events; life-sketches of Kutchhi personae, who could or could not impact the then events; developments in the field of education as well as analysis of post-2001-earthquake Kutchh.

The author, while covering a very wide spectrum of subjects, has clearly drawn the boundary of the scope of this book in the preface. These short articles, or notes, have twin objectives: To document the current and past events and to provide the basis and inputs for further research.

Considering the fact that these articles have been written over a period, mainly for the Author’s regular column in Kutchhmitra, a prominent local daily Gujarati newspaper, the book does meet it’s both objectives.

The article relating to writing the history of Kutch – the eleventh article on pp. 69 – succinctly explains the travails of historians while compiling the authentic data on Kutch. This may be the reason why the author seems to have adopted the bird’s eye view concept across all the articles.

Overall, the book is a very just effort in the right direction and appropriately reflects author’s deep-rooted affection and sense of duty for whatever is associated with Kutch.

The book is certainly a must-read and must-possess for anyone associated with any aspect of Kutch. In fact, the pressing need for English translation of this book would require no emphasis, considering the fact that Kucthh has enveloped more non-Kutchis and even non-Gujartais into its fold post-2001-earthquake.


n  Ashok Vaishnav, Ahmedabad September 26, 2011



In July 2011, I opted to retire from my active career as a practicing management professional. In the 38 years that I pursued this career, I had opportunity to work in diverse capacities, in small-to-medium-to-large engineering companies. Whether I was setting up Greenfield projects or Brownfield projects, nurturing the new start-ups or accelerating the stabilized unit to a next phase growth, I had many more occasions to take the paths uncharted. The life then was so challenging! One of the biggest casualty in that phase was my disregards towards my hobbies - Be with The Family, Enjoy Music form Films of 1940s to mid-1970s period, write on whatever I liked to read, pursue amateur photography and indulge in solving the chess problems. So I commenced my Second Innings to focus on this area of my life as the primary occupation. At the end of four years, I am now quite a regular blogger. I have been able to build a few very strong pen-relationships. I maintain contact with 38-years of my First Innings as freelance trainer and process facilitator. And yet, The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.

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