Acknowledgements

board11.jpgI would like to first thank my father, Sudhir Singh Rawat, who has assisted me greatly with rectifying my maps, my friends who provided valuable game design insight, and my wife for her constant support. I would also like to thank the many friends I have made in the cultural and social activist communities of Garhwal and Kumaon who helped immeasurably in inspiring this unique endeavour.

The following books were instrumental in guiding the evolution of this game are highly recommended as comprehensive guides to Uttarakhand and its medieval history.

  1. Kandari, O. P., & Gusain, O. P. (Eds.). (2001). Garhwal Himalaya : Nature, Culture & Society. Srinagar, Garhwal: Transmedia.
  • This is an extremely useful reference that lives up to its comprehensive title.
  • Pande, B. D. (1993). History of Kumaun : English version of “Kumaun ka itihas”. Almora, U.P., India: Shree Almora Book Depot.
    • Freedom Fighter Badri Dutt Pande’s master work richly details Kumaon’s ancient history. This English edition brings out the glories and intrigues of both the Katyur and Chand dynasties in full.
  • Rawat, A. S. (1989). History of Garhwal, 1358-1947: an erstwhile kingdom in the Himalayas. New Delhi: Indus Pub. Co.
    • Ajay Rawat is an excellent guide to the hodge-podge of conflicting historical records about the early years of the Garhwal Kingdom.
  • Saklani, A. (1987). The history of a Himalayan princely state : change, conflicts and awakening : an interpretative history of princely state of Tehri Garhwal, U.P., A.D. 1815 to 1949 A.D (1st ed.). Delhi: Durga Publications.
    • Saklani infuses the brief history of the Tehri State with a vivid reminder that even in the smallest corners of the earth, people are constantly struggling for justice and to improve their lot.
  • Upreti, M. (1980). Malushahi: the ballad of Kumaon. New Delhi: Sangeet Natak Akademi.
    • The late great Mohan Upreti brings out the story of the thousand-year-old Katyur Ballad of Rajula and Malushahi, calling on all the reader to continue on the struggle of preserving and creating the rich cultural heritage of the Himalayas.

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