- Title: KALSIA: Myth, Legend, History
- Authors: Usha Mullan
- Genre: History
- Length: 256 pages
- Publisher: Roli Books
KALSIA: Myth, Legend, History – Synopsis
Kalsia: Myth, Legend, History, captures a broad swathe of North Indian history through text and illustrations, covering 3,500 years as seen through the constant lens of one family’s ancestry. From its roots in Indian mythology and the early Vedic period, the family’s lineage is traced back to the kings of the SuryaVansh and ChandarVansh, and subsequently within the YadavVansh whose 56 tribes were said to have been organised by none other than Lord Krishna at the time of the Mahabarat wars.
Then, from Raja Gajj, the “King of the East” and the founder of Ghazni, its forty-one generations run parallel with the births of Buddhism and Jainism, the invasion of Alexander the Great, through to the thirty-five year reign of Emperor Asoka.The Bhatti Rajputs, precursors of the Kalsia Jats, originate roughly halfway through the first millennium CE, about the time of Harsha of Kanauj. Some twenty-four generations later, as Bhattinda is lost to Ala-ud-Din Khilji, the family is aligned away from the Bhatti Rajputs and with the Jats. Some two hundred years later, as the Lodi Dynasty gives way to the Mughals,and Sikhism is born, the family led by its then chief, Kalsi, arrives in KalsianKalan (near Amritsar)and creates a settlement Kalsiabad from which the family takes its name.
About the Author
Usha Mullan graduated from the British Academy of Graphology in 1988. Since then she has focused her energy on research into graphology and related subjects. Her interest in children’s writings led her to monitor a class of pupils for a period of six years observing the development of nine year olds into adolescence, through the analysis of their writing and drawings.
During a visit to New York, she came across a book on the Enneagram and felt instinctively that the personality types described by this ancient typology could correlate with handwriting. This would have the advantage of identifying an individual’s Enneagram “Type” more objectively than the conventional questionnaire method, which was subjective and prone to inaccuracy.
The correlation took more than six years of dedicated research to establish. The results are contained in three groundbreaking books entitled, “Graphology and the Enneagram” published by Scriptor Books (an imprint of the British Academy of Graphology).
Usha Mullan’s other interest is the analysis of projective drawings, especially Trees. Over the past fifteen years she has collated a huge collection of sample drawings across all age groups and of people from different countries and walks of life; her analysis and her findings of this extraordinary material were published in November 2014.
Usha Mullan was born and brought up in Dehra Dun, a small town at the foothills of the Himalayas, in northern India, although since 1978 she has lived in the United Kingdom. Her main interests are travel and music. In the mid 1990s, she took a four-year break from research to open a restaurant in central London. She has also spent several years tracing her family history dating back to the early Aryans and the findings are published in “Kalsia: Myth, Legend, History “.