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Dr. K.J.S. Chatrath
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Genre: History
Language: English
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How little do we know of our neighboring countries and the impact exerted by Indian culture there. Our knowledge is generally limited to our Ayodhya in India - the birthplace of Lord Rama and we may not be aware of how powerful an impact Ayodhya has had on Thailand.
The Empire of Ayutthaya was a Siamese kingdom that existed in Southeast Asia from 1351 to 1767, centred around the city of Ayutthaya, in Siam, or present-day Thailand. It was considered one of the three great powers of Asia, alongside Vijayanagar of India and China, and is seen as the precursor of modern Thailand.

The Historic City of Ayutthaya, founded in 1350, was the second capital of the Siamese Kingdom. While discussing the history of Ayutthaya, one has broadly the Ayutthaya kingdom, and Ayutthaya town in mind of, say around 1540.

86 kilometres north of Bangkok, once the capital of the Thai Empire, Ayutthaya was an impressive city; with three palaces and over 400 temples. The ruins that now remain, many of which have been painstakingly restored, have been granted World Heritage status by UNESCO. The architecture of Ayutthaya is an interesting mix of Khmer and early Sukhothai styles. Some obelisks, called prangs, denote Khmer influence and look something like the towers of Angkor Wat. The more pointed stupas are believed to have been influenced by Sukhothai constructions.

This is an attempt to introduce Ayutthaya to Indian readers.

About the Author

K.J.S.Chatrath joined the Indian Administrative Service in Odisha in 1967 and retired in 2003. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Paris–South, France for his thesis on ‘Indo-French Diplomatic Relations‘.

He has authored/edited 38 books - primarily on the Indo-French interface. Out of these, ‘India in the Debates of the French Parliament’ carried a Foreword by His Excellency the French Ambassador in India and the first copy was received by the Hon’ble President of India. First copy of his book, ‘Vers La Lumiere: A Study of the French School System’ was received by the Hon’ble Vice President of India. ‘Reminiscences: Lal Bahadur National Academy of Administration’, of which he was the co-editor, was released in September 2010 by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. Another of his books ‘Homage to the Brave Labour Force members of World War-I from Odisha commemorated in Mazargues Military Cemetery, France’ was released by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha.

The first copy of another publication ‘Go Greenland,’ was received by His Excellency the Danish Ambassador in India in 2022. Recently he had the privilege of being granted an audience with the Hon’ble President of India to present copies of his four new books on temples of Bhubaneswar.

Besides France, his other interests are travel and trekking. He has travelled to 66 countries including Greenland and Iceland and has visited Antarctica and the Arctic Circle. He stays in Panchkula where he is busy working on his blog Presently he is working on two books - on the Indian non-combatants who died in France during World War-I and a second one about the great contributions made by some little known Frenchmen in India.

He has visited Thailand twice. All photos in this album were clicked by him. He can be contacted at

Book Details

ISBN: 9781637548547
Publisher: Self published
Number of Pages: 109
Dimensions: 8.27"x11.69"
Interior Pages: Full Color
Binding: Paperback (Perfect Binding)
Availability: In Stock (Print on Demand)

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