Vikram Seth: A Literary Descendant of Ibn Battuta, Faxian and Xuanzang
Published in 1983, From Heaven Lake, is one of the most important travelogues written following the footsteps of Ibn Battuta, Faxian and Xuanzang. The travelogue is based on Sethâ€™s journey from China to Tibet, Nepal and then his home country India. It deals with the people he met and describes the places he visited during his journey. Further the nature, tradition, Culture, Religion of Chinese people is observed by Vikram Seth in great deal. Vikram Seth established himself among the great travel writers by writing the travelogue From Heaven Lake. It is to be pointed out that most of the travellers came to India to study in Takshashila or Nalanda Vishwavidyalaya which was the centre of study in ancient times and wrote their travelogues and gave the details while Vikram Seth wrote it 1980s after his trekking and hitch hiking journey to India from China through Tibet and Nepal after he had spent two yearsat Nanjing University.