Historical

Argumentative Indian

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When Amartya Sen titles a book The Argumentative Indian, the reader naturally assumes something by way of an autobiography. (Or, as a friend teased, perhaps it was about me.) The joke is no doubt intentional, but Sen’s goal is something much grander. As many Indians have watched in horror, over the past decade the term Read More

The Wonder That Was India

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Indian civilization is among the oldest in the world, and what is unique in that respect is that the culture of the peoples still remains largely unchanged, with a strong thread of continuity through the ages. The Wonder That was India takes a look at the country s history from the time of the Harappan Read More

A Corner of a Foreign Field

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A Corner of a Foreign Field: The Indian History of a British Sport by Ramachandra Guha This is far more than just a cricket book. It is an inspired approach to colonial and post-colonial Indian history, as seen in its relationship with what is now, unarguably, the country’s national game. This is not a fanatic’s Read More

Freedom at Midnight

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Even for someone who has never had a penchant for history “Freedom at Midnight” by Dominique Lapierre & Larry Collins turns out to be a page-turner. This archival documentary yields a very charismatic yet terrifying account of the Indian Independence Movement. The book starts with the appointment of Louis Mountbatten as the last viceroy of Read More

The Last Mughal,

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History written by Britons has not been kind to Bahadur Shah II, even though he was the last of the Mughal emperors of India, a descendant of both Genghis Khan and Timur the Great (Marlowe’s Tamburlaine), among others who are much better remembered. He has rarely rated more than a paragraph or two, sometimes only Read More

Raiders from the north

11 months ago Abhjit Sengupta 0
Raiders from the North is the first book in a series of 6 books penned by Alex Rutherford.The first volume revolves around the story of Babur, heir to the ruler of Ferghana, Umar Shiekh,descended from the legendary Tamburlaine, the Moghuls rose out of Central Asia in the sixteenth century. Raiders from the North tells the Read More