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India : A History – John Keay

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India: A History, available in paperback, is a book which describes the country of India, in all its richness and glory, from times immemorial. Right from the first Harappan Civilization in the ancient times to the present day activities, this book is an attempt to paint a big picture of India to its readers.

In this book, the author speaks about the distinct features of India. This country possesses so much continuity and diversity, that it’s called a subcontinent. He describes how in spite of a common culture running through the blood of most people in India, this country has never been a single unitary state. Mainly because of the lack of unity based on religion, caste, creed and color.

India: A History also includes the countries of Bangladesh and Pakistan, which were parts of ancient India. Along with that, the status of the princely states under the British rule is also discussed. The 1947 partition of India is spoken about by the author from today’s point of view.

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‘A delight…one of the best general studies of the subcontinent.’ Andrew Lycett, Sunday Times

‘Ambitious, colourful and fascinating.’ Lawrence James, The Times

‘It is hard to imagine anyone succeeding more gracefully in producing a balanced overview than John Keay has done in ‘India: A History’…a book that is as fluent and readable as it is up-to-date and impartial. Hardly a page passes without some fascinating nugget or surprising fact…one can only hope that John Keay’s ‘India’ will be widely read, and its lessons taken to heart.’ Guardian

‘Certainly the most balanced and lucid history…his passion for India shines through and illuminates every page…puts Keay in the front rank of Indian historiographers.’ Spectator
About the Author: John Keay is a well-known English author, who is also a journalist. His works are mainly based on historical India and the Far East. He has worked at The Economist magazine and written stories for BBC Radio. Apart from this book, he has authored other books like Into India, When Men And Mountains Meet, The Gilgit Game and India Discovered.

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