Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Discovery of yourself

The Discovery of India

India is incredible. India is full of contrasts. India is unity in diversity. India is you.

When someone writes about India’s entirety, its history, geography, religions, languages, rulers, movements, almost everything under sun, it will not be a stand-alone book but it will be a book of books. Nehru’s The Discovery of India is full of foot notes, sometimes extending more than a quarter length of the page.

With this book, you will be set on a journey of 5000 years, starting from its roots in Harappa, touching up on Veda, Upanishads, practice of yoga, early Hindu rulers to Mughal sultans, arrival of East India Company, and freedom movement up to 1945.

By the time you are done with this book, you would have figured out what next to read or research. And when someone says he/she knows India enough, you can smile at them.

I am not taking on those who instantly criticize Nehru here, instead asking them to read this book to find that he was a well-read person with fine writing skills.

The Discovery of India