Life and Culture in Northeast India (Hardcover)

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An abundantly illustrated journey through one of the world’s most diverse and fascinating regions

The eight states of India’s North Eastern Region make up only 8 percent of the country’s land mass, but they are home to over one hundred tribes, each with its own unique culture. The terrain, predominantly hilly, ranges from snow-capped Himalayan peaks to tropical rainforests, and the national parks and preserves contain exceptional scenery and an abundance of wildlife, from red pandas to snow leopards. Now, for the first time, noted documentary filmmakers and photographers Dipti Bhalla Verma and Shiv Kunal Verma provide a comprehensive introduction to this little-known yet captivating part of the world.  

This book provides an extensive look into the histories, cultures, and landscapes that distinguish northeast India. The authors conduct us from the towering Kanchenjunga massif in Sikkim to the tea plantations of Assam, to the astonishing biodiversity of Arunachal Pradesh, to the martial tribes and Baptist churches of Nagaland, to the birthplace of polo in Manipur, to the living root bridges of Meghalaya, to the farms nestled among the hills of Tripura and Mizoram. The authors take us into the lives of the many peoples of northeast India, who maintain their traditional customs and beliefs even in the face of growing ecological threats. Special sections in the book highlight the places that protect the exceptional flora and fauna of this region, including the Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, Khangchendzonga National Park, and Kaziranga National Park.  

Featuring more than three hundred color photographs and twelve detailed maps, Life and Culture in Northeast India will be an essential volume for anyone interested in the peoples and places of Planet Earth.



About the Author

Dipti Bhalla Verma, co­founder of the production company KaleidoIndia, has made numerous films about the people, natural heritage, and armed forces of India. She is also coau­thor and photographer of the books Ocean to Sky: India from the Air, Tamil Nadu, and the Northeast Trilogy. She is an alumna of Miranda House, Delhi, the Film and Television Institute of India, and the Australian Film and Television School.

Shiv Kunal Verma is the author or coauthor of more than a dozen books, includ­ing the highly acclaimed Northeast Trilogy, which documents the peoples of Northeast India, and 1962: The War That Wasn’t. As the cofounder of Kaleido­India, he has produced over fifty films, including many on the Indian Armed Forces. Educated at the Doon School and Madras Christian College, he currently holds the Chair of Excellence at the United Services Institute.

Praise For…

This beautifully illustrated work showcases the peoples, flora, fauna, traditions, belief systems (including Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and biodivinity), material culture, and agriculture of the region. . . Highly recommended for adventurers and armchair travelers who appreciate geographically isolated locales.

— —Library Journal (starred review)

For many, this is a mysterious land; the book has endeavoured to lift the veil of secrecy and capture its richness and feel its pulse. . . Dipti and Kunal [Verma] have successfully captured the essence and soul of the region with their rich prose and breathtaking imagery, and produced a book that needs to be treasured by all of us who are fortunate to belong to this wonderful subcontinent.
— The Sunday Guardian

Product Details
ISBN: 9780789213747
ISBN-10: 0789213745
Publisher: Abbeville Press
Publication Date: November 3rd, 2020
Pages: 260
Language: English