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This book is the actual diary kept by my Grandfather on his fascinating journey down the Chambal River in India, January 1949.
At the time when U.S. President Harry S. Truman began his full term in office, Australian citizenship came into force and the communist party of China entered Beijing.
My Grandfather was blissfully unaware as he journeyed the Grand Trunk Road from Allahabad, with his boss, his boss’s wife and their 70 year old Cousin, meeting the locals, exploring one of the most beautiful Rivers in India and presenting the whole story in an extremely fascinating portrayal of an Englishman in India during this era.
Wherever possible the diary is untouched and a true representation of his personal daily diary he kept from the 4th January, 1949 through to 14th January, 1949.
His journey takes many interesting twists and turns, meeting some strange characters, including ‘The Wolf Child’ and ‘God’ himself along the way.
The Chambal River is a legendary river and finds mention in ancient scriptures and is a tributary of the Yamuna River in central India. The river flows north-northeast through Madhya Pradesh, running for a time through Rajasthan, then forming the boundary between Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh before turning southeast to join the Yamuna in Uttar Pradesh state. It is a perennial river and originates at Manpura, south of Mhow town, near Indore, on the south slope of the Vindhya Range in Madhya Pradesh. The Chambal and its tributaries drain the Malwa region of north-western Madhya Pradesh, while its tributary, the Banas, which rises in the Aravalli Range, drains south-eastern Rajasthan. The Chambal ends a confluence of five rivers, including the Chambal, Kwari, Yamuna, Sind, Pahuj, at Pachnada near Bhareh in Uttar Pradesh state, at the border of Bhind and Etawah
The Chambal River is considered pollution free and hosts an amazing collection of fauna and animals including 2 species of crocodilians – the mugger and gharial, 8 species of freshwater turtles, smooth-coated otters, gangetic river dolphins, skimmers, black-bellied terns, sarus cranes and black-necked storks, amongst others.