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August 05, 2008


Great read!

Lovely place. I would love to visit this place sometime. We are planning to ride to Kutch. Maybe we can stop by this place.. must check more of the info out.

Whoa! This is so surreal! To think that you picked up a bangle piece which somebody probably wore 4 millenia ago!

Excellent description. Also your excitement and enthu shone through the post. Hats off.

What a great site, loved reading about Dholavira -- only wish you had written more! I was in the Rann last year, it is just such a surreal place, like something on another planet. And, btw, my name is Namita, this is not a joke.

Excellent narration !! You always make me want to go to that place. Your photos are also awesome.

Have linked your post to blogbharti at Will appear on 19th.


Namita, if you'd like to read more, a 70% longer version of this post has just appeared in the Dec 2008 issue of Himal Southasian.

Thanks a million times over for telling us about this place and the photographs. Am a committed reader of your site.

Why did you have to attempt a bribe the guide? Usually photography restrictions relate to flash usage and photo-damage. So its not totally assinine of the ASI to demand it.

Great photos and well-written and explained. Also the urgent need for water conservation in today's India is right on the mark. Since the Harappan cities were closely linked by trade, my guess is that the drying up of the Saraswati (Ghaggar-Hakra) around 1900 BC along which most of the Harappan towns were located might have had something to do with Dholavira's urban decline a few hundred years later. But this is only a guess. Also see Michel Danino's "The Lost River: On The Trail of Saraswati" (Penguin)

Very informative.

Hi, I need your permission to use these dholavira photos in my magazine. This is free magazine so I cant pay for the photos. I can mention your name in source. Kindly reply me on my email id as soon as possible.

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Books by Namit Arora

  • “Namit Arora does for Silicon Valley what Tom Wolfe did for Wall Street in The Bonfire of the Vanities: with keen eye and sharp wit, he captures the culture and mores of the place. But Arora is funnier. And sweeter.” —S. Abbas Raza, Editor, 3QD.

  • The Lottery of Birth reveals Namit Arora to be one of our finest critics. In a raucous public sphere marked by blame and recrimination, these essays announce a bracing sensibility, as compassionate as it is curious, intelligent and nuanced.” —Pankaj Mishra

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