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GEM IN THE LOTUS: THE SEEDING OF INDIAN CIVILISATION (pb)2002
Author: ABRAHAM ERALY
ISBN: 014100438X
Year: 2002
Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS INDIA
Category: HISTORY
Edition: 1
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Pages: 586
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In Gem in the Lotus, Abraham Eraly, author of the The Last Spring, the best-selling and critically acclaimed history of the Mughals, identifies and explores the significant milestones in the evolution of ancient India. Beginning with an enquiry into the enigma that was the Indus Valley civilisation, he writes of the progression from the Vedic Aryan culture to the age of religious and philosophical ferment, culminating in the tenets of Jainism; the founding and consolidation of Buddhism; Alexander’s advance into India; the rise of the Mauryan empire; and Ashoka’s unusual political career; In the final section of the book, he describes the ‘clockwork state’ of the Mauryas depicted in Kautilya’s Arthasastra and in ancient Greek accounts. ‘Eraly has managed a very difficult task very efficiently: He has made Indian history user-friendly...The reader wants entertainment as well as education, and Eraly provides a judicious mixture...It cannot be said of any history what the Mahabharata claims for itself: “Whatever is found here may be found somewhere else, but what is not found here is found nowhere”, but Eraly’s approach comes close to it.
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