Ibnbattuta Ka JootaIbnbattuta Ka Joota

Submitted / Updated On: Friday, February 5, 2010 | Written By: Sarveshwer Dayal Saxena | Hits since Feb 1, 2014: 43295

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Ibn Battuta (AD 1304 to 1368) was a Moroccan Muslim scholar and traveler who is known for the account of his travels and excursions. His journeys lasted for a period of nearly thirty years and covered almost the entirety of the known Islamic world and beyond. He came to India when Delhi was ruled by Sultan Muhammad bin Tughluq who appointed Ibn Battuta as a Qazi. Later Tugluq later sent him as ambassador to China. Ibn Battuta left extensive accounts of his travels that make very interesting reading. Decades ago, Sarweshwar Dayal Saxena wrote a bal-kavita on Ibn Battuta. Shoes were prominent in the poem as Joota rhymes so well with Battuta. In a recent song written by Gulzar for the movie Ishqiya Ibn Battuta and Joota again figured prominently resulting in some controversy about the credit of the song. Here both versions are being presented for the readers. Rajiv Krishna Saxena
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