This volume is the outcome of the 13th Himalayan Languages Symposium, organized at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study Shimla. Prof L.M. Khubchandani, an eminent sociolinguist of the country, was the Keynote Speaker and scholars from Various countries like japan, U.S.A, Netherland, Nepal and India working on Himalayan languages participated in this symposium. The Volume begins With the paper of Prof.Khubchandani, which elaborates the multiplicity of languages in India including Himachal lying in Western Himalayas where languages of two language families are spoken is a good area of language convergence study. He stressed on the multiple linguistic identity of an individual in modern Indian society due to cross-cultural settings and spread of education and usefulness of speech pro?les of different language groups and examined the patterns of language use in intimate and formal domains. He illustrated his points of View with lots of demographic details. He also mentioned about India as a linguistic area identified in 1956 by Emeneau-a noted linguist and India as a sociolinguistic area identified in 1972 by Prof. P.B. Pandit – an eminent Linguist. Prof. Khubchandani in 1993 also described the entire Indian subcontinent as sociolinguistic area focusing o the symbiotic networks evolved among language groups belonging to more than one family-a typical feature of Indian communication ethos of animals and ancestral order.