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India by John Keay
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Aug 05, 11

it was ok it has been on my wall for a year and I still have only read 1/2. I am officially giving up. I will probably continue to read parts on and off but this book is too encompassing.

India is far to eclectic to try and cover it's thousands of years of history for all parts into one book. The south and the north have very different histories. The rise and fall of kingdoms to be covered in one book comes across very rushed and hard to follow.

I would find it much more beneficial to pick an area and to pick a time period and then read on that so that you understand it better. For example reading about the British Raj and the Freedom movement that followed or the Moghul Rulers. Otherwise it feels like you will never grasp it.

It does give you a glimpse at the country as a whole and makes you understand many of the issues that are still around today.
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message 1: by Avneesh (new)

Avneesh Kumar You can search "rc majumadar" on Amazon. He has written books on particular periods, and even particular aspects of particular periods (like corporate life in Ancient India). He was a very respected Historian.

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