Incarnations - A History of India in Fifty Lives

Author(s): Sunil Khilnani

History | No Category | October 2020

For all of India's myths, its sea of stories and moral epics, Indian history remains a curiously unpeopled place. In Incarnations, Sunil Khilnani recaptures the human dimension of how the world's largest democracy came to be. His trenchant portraits of emperors, warriors, philosophers, film stars, and corporate titans-some famous, some unjustly forgotten-bring feeling, wry humor, and uncommon insight to dilemmas that extend from ancient times to our own. We encounter the Buddha, India's earliest historical personality; the ancient Sanskrit linguist who inspires computer programmers today; the wit and guile of Kautilya, India's Machiavelli; and the medieval poets who mocked rituals and caste. In the twentieth century, Khilnani sets Gandhi and other political icons of the independence era next to actresses, photographers, and entrepreneurs. Incarnations is an ideal introduction to India-and a provocative and sophisticated reinterpretation of its history. Book jacket.

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An interesting and informative read on Indian history and culture. The book is divided into 50 chapters describing India through 50 remarkable lives and the difference they have made. Each story is an easy read and found it a great way to cover lots of interesting topics. A must read for anyone with an interest in India.

Alicia, The Book Grocer

General Fields

  • : 9780374537210
  • : Farrar, Straus & Giroux
  • : Farrar, Straus & Giroux
  • : September 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Sunil Khilnani
  • : Paperback
  • : 464