Shimla: Himachal Chief Minister Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal unveiled the Coffee Table Book ‘ Har Ghar Kuchh Kehta Hai’ brought out by Himachal Tourism, to provide a glimpse into the historical importance of heritage buildings of capital town Shimla in a function organised here last evening.
The book has been compiled by Tourism and Civil Aviation Department.
Speaking at the occasion the Chief Minister complimented the department for bringing out such a valuable document which was unique in itself. He said that Shimla happens to be an internationally famous tourist destination had historical background and every house had its own story to tell.
He said that it was a maiden endeavor of the Tourism Department which would be supplemented by additional information and interesting facts and figures connected with the heritage of the century old houses in the town.
The Chief Minister presented first copy of the publication to Madhu Sood, Mayor, Shimla Municipal Corporation and also awarded 26 students who had participated in Shimla Heritage Quiz Contest with cash and certificate.
Dr. Arun Kumar, Director Tourism and Civil Aviation gave details of the historical background of the concept and motive behind the same. He said that the publication was unconventional one and through history, stories and folk lore seek to create a new platform for tourism in the state.
Facts included in the publication are notification of Indian Air Force at Shimla on October 8, 1932, Indian Railway Design and Standard Organization Wing housed in Ellerslie building, Mahatma Gandhi’s longest stay at Manorville, the First Afghan war declaration at Shimla in 1838, General Mohammad Zia-ul-Haque, the 6th President of Pakistan having studies in Government School, Lalpani, the drawing of McMohan Line as a border between India and Tibet making Shimla historically rich, interesting and internationally popular, Sharma said.