The Enchanted Loom: A Novel
The Enchanted Loom is based on the discovery in 1942 of over 300 human skeletal remains on the scree slopes above a small, remote and utterly desolate mountain lake 16,000 feet up the central Himalayan District of Garhwal, where the author was Deputy Commissioner from 1941 to 1945. The local superstition is that anyone who sees the bones will soon die. This and the forbidding aspect of the site were sufficient to ensure that it was not disturbed for centuries. When, eventually, it was discovered and investigated by experts, it yielded up a fascinating tale.
Although the story of Rajah Jasdoul was never written down, it is preserved in the form of a ballad still sung 600 years after the event by the women of the village nearest the scene of the disaster.
All the facts discovered about this site and also a description of the now discontinued Nanda Devi Pilgrimage, which once passed close by Rupkund, are included in an Appendix.
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