KALSIA: Myth, Legend, History is the painstakingly researched biography of one of the foremost families of Northwest India. From mythological beginnings to the births of Buddhism and Jainism, and the reign of Emperor Asoka. The narrative describes the family’s connection with the Bhatti Rajput lineage, ending in the early 14th century when they aligned themselves to the Jats, and traces the arrival of the tribe in the Punjab when it established itself at Kalsiabad, near Amritsar. The book describes the lives of each of its modern chiefs, from Gurbakhsh Singh in the 1700s to the author’s brother, Karan Sher Singh, an air force fighter pilot of modern India who tragically died in an accident in 1961. It brings alive the pomp of past royal weddings, and the court intrigues and diplomacy of the KALSIA chiefs juxtaposed against the British Raj and its politics that shaped modern India.
The Tribune, New Delhi
Review published 1 March 2015