Marco Polo was the most famous traveller of his time. His voyages began in 1271 with a visit to China, after which he served the Kubilai Khan on numerous diplomatic missions. Marco Polo arrived on the Coromandel Coast of India in a typical merchant ship..’ Marco Polo documented this episode in his book, along with a rich social portrait of India that still resonates with us today: The accounts of his travels provide a fascinating glimpse of the different societies he encountered: their religions, customs, ceremonies and way of life; on the spices and silks of the East; on precious gems, exotic vegetation and wild beasts. He tells the story of the holy shoemaker, the wicked caliph and the three kings, among a great many others, evoking a remote and long-vanished world with colour and immediacy.
We have for you script by Professor Pius Malekandathil of the Jawahar Lal Nehru University with more details.