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By Vikram Seth
The 20th-anniversary variation of the bestselling novel by means of Vikram Seth.
Vikram Seth's novel is, at its center, a love tale: the story of Lata - and her mother's - makes an attempt to discover her an appropriate husband, via love or via exacting maternal appraisal. even as, it's the tale of India, newly autonomous and suffering via a time of quandary as a 6th of the world's inhabitants faces its first nice common election and the opportunity to map its personal destiny.
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Each division had its distinguishing flag, and it is interesting to note that the upper division of the 'left horn', namely the one that comprised the royal seat of Yarlung, had as its emblem two lions facing one another. These are still the main feature of the national flag of Tibet. There seems to have been no basic distinction made between military and civil organization, and the same word (sde) refers both to district and to regiment. The districts were subject to the authority of the local forts, and although the commander was necessarily assisted by ministers responsible for various internal affairs, such as the collection of taxes, the hiring of animals, legal agreements and so on, the main effort of the whole administration was clearly directed towards maintaining the country on an efficient war-footing.
Later the great epic hero of the Tibetans, the King of Ling, became known by the title of Ge-sar of Khrom ('Caesar of Rome'). This probably represents the very extreme limit of remote cultural penetration into Tibet. Towards the south the Tibetans made their presence felt in Hunza and Swat and Kashmir. They reached the plains of India itself, dominated Nepal for a time, and penetrated the whole cis-Himalayan region. It was ultimately from this side that they were to become involved in one of the greatest deliberate importations of a foreign culture in which any country has ever engaged.
Whatever men or property made their appearance there, were seized by the 'dead men' who protected the grave. If they were touched by the keepers of the grave, they could not return to the company of the living. They received the mark of the dead and became the servants of the keepers of the grave. They had no work to do for others. They protected the holding and the treasure in the corpsechamber of the tomb. Barbarian kings sent miscreants and the messengers of these kings would slink in to the corpse in the tomb.
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth