Guwahati: When Harper Collins accepts and approves your manuscript, consider yourself on the Dean’s List of Publications. Today, Harper Collins continues to stand strong and alone in the world of publishing. Ringing in a good news for the literature enthusiasts of the state of Assam, Harper Collins has purchased the global rights for well-known author Arup Kumar Dutta’s book ‘The Ahoms’, stated a press release.
The book which is slated to be released next year, would serve to familiarize readers at a broader, international level with a significant aspect of the history of Northeast India.
‘The Ahoms’, is an interesting book that chronicles the advent of the Ahoms in 1228 A.D., which not only changed the destiny of the Brahmaputra valley and the surrounding mountains, but also of South East Asia. A group of Shan or Tai warriors, led by a brave leader named Su-Ka-Pha, having left its original home in the Shan country in Myanmar, entered Upper Assam and set up the nucleus of what was later to become the powerful Ahom empire.
Few dynasties in the world, let alone Asia, had enjoyed such a long period of almost unbroken rule. It was primarily due to the Ahom dynasty that the pre-colonial Assamese nation was born. Its reign witnessed the synthesis of the disparate tribes inhabiting the Brahmaputra Valley and the evolution of a distinct Assamese language, culture and nationalist identity. The Ahom Dynasty was one of the greatest political entities in medieval Asia, equal if not greater than the more well known counterparts in China or Japan. Its history is replete with tales of war, bravery, brutality, love, loyalty, treachery and treason. This book, The Ahoms, seeks to imaginatively acquaint readers with the saga of this fascinating dynasty and provide a glimpse of the major events during its six hundred year rule.
In ‘The Ahoms’ in order to enhance readability, Dutta uses the technique of fictionalizing history without sacrificing accuracy in the depiction of the historical events.
‘The Ahoms’ makes for a compelling reading. A must read for all who like fiction insipid of historical events.