A Lost Wonder of the World.
This is a remarkable book of India’s colonial history. The British had created a 4000 km long hedge from West to East India to collect tax on salt. An indispensable everyday commodity, salt was produced in a few locations and supplied to the rest of the country. The British exploited a fault line when they put a customs line in their territory and collected tax on every ounce of salt passing through.
The book also reflects an author’s journey of hardship and dedication to fulfill his quest. Based in London, the author spent years in libraries, browsing through colonial maps, diaries, and reports on colonial India. Every year, he would come to India for a month based on his research back home and continue his search for the great hedge, only to be successful four years later.
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