New Perspectives

Edited by Somdatta Mandal

Though Indians have been travelling for the last few centuries, documentation of their travels have been scarce and far between. Since the beginning of this century, books and articles on Indian travel writing have become quite conspicuous and the numbers are growing at quite a rapid pace. At present Indian Travel Writing in all its variety has also become an established genre of academic discipline encompassing history, sociology, anthropology, memoirs, adventure tales and many more areas.

This anthology on Indian travel writing contains twenty three essays that try to cover several new aspects of this protean genre ranging from the eighteenth century to texts written just a few years ago. Divided into five sections, it cuts across boundaries of time and space and enables new interpretations to be made. The individual essays, contributed by reputed scholars in the area as well as young academics researching in this field, cover general overviews, pilgrimages, and different kinds of travel within the country and abroad. Special emphasis has been given to hitherto lesser known travel narratives pertaining to the North East, and those written in bhasha literatures.

Somdatta Mandal is Former Professor of English at Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, India. A recipient of several prestigious fellowships and awards, her areas of interest are American Literature, contemporary fiction, film and culture studies, Diaspora studies and translation. She has edited two volumes of travel writing-Indian Travel Narratives (2010) and Journeys: Indian Travel Writing (2013), and has translated from Bengali to English different kinds of Indian travelogues, with special focus on men and women in colonial times. Among them are: The Westward Traveller by Durgabati Ghose (2010), Wanderlust: Travels of the Tagore Family (2014), A Bengali Lady in England [1885] by Krishnabhabini Das (2015), Crossing Many Seas (2018) by Chitrita Devi, Gleanings of the Road (2018) by Rabindranath Tagore, The Journey of a Bengali Woman to Japan and Other Essays (2019) by Hariprabha Takeda, and 'Kobi and Rani': Memoirs and Correspondences of Nirmalkumari Mahalanobis and Rabindranath Tagore (2020). She can be contacted at

Jayati Gupta, Simonti Sen, Shrutakirti Dutta, Nilanjana Sikdar Datta, Saptarshi Mallick, Shafana Shaffi, Bhaskar Jyoti Gogoi, Indrani Bandyopadhyay, Shibashish Purkayastha, Rosy Chamling, Sarbajaya Bhattacharya, Raj Gaurav Verma, Siddharth Dubey, Saurabh Sarmadhikari, Vijay Prakash Singh, Somdatta Mandal, Sajal Dey, Sucheta Sankar V., Meera B., Gaana Jayagopalan, Upamanyu Sengupta, Norden Michael Lepcha, Koushik Mondal
ISBN: 978-93-82178-33-0             2021              352 pages            Rs. 995