Amrita Kumar hails from Todgarh in the remote highlands of Rajasthan, a village named after James Tod, the historian, whom her ancestors played host to in the early nineteenth century. Kumar's wanderings through Rajasthan were the inspiration behind her novel, Damage, published by Harper Collins in 2009. She is also the co-editor of Lest We Forget, a book of essays on the Gujarat riots, published by World Report in 2002. She has been vice-president and senior editor of Osian's Literary Agency, the managing editor of Encyclopaedia Britannica, associate editor at Penguin India and the editor-in-chief of Roli Books. She has also worked as a copy-writer.
Romanced through the centuries as the land of kings and warriors, forts and palaces, of brave and gallant Rajputs and colour and festivals, Rajasthan is also a harsh and merciless land of hot winds, creeping sands, shifting sand dunes and devastating draughts. Journeys Through Rajasthan explores Rajasthan's wonders and its terrors and the fate of its people, caught in between the two faces of this enigmatic land.