Coromandel: A Personal History of South India
COROMANDEL. A name which has been long applied by Europeans to the Northern Tamil Country, or (more comprehensively) to the eastern coast of the Peninsula of India.
This is the India highly acclaimed historian Charles Allen visits in this fascinating book. Coromandel journeys south, exploring the less well known, often neglected and very different history and identity of...more
What Charles does very well is to cover the pre-Pallavan, pre-Chalukyan South. This is the Buddhist and Jain heritage of South India explored through its ...more
I suppose each reader of this book will take it how they want to, but to me this book is a great starting point to delve deeper into all the history ...more
Charles Allen claims to be an Indian and an expert on Indian history. There is a subtle hint of anti-brahminism in that Brahmins have been portrayed to be the cause of all evils plaguing South India whereas the British colonisers and their actions have been heavily defended.
I bought and read this book thinking it would be a comprehensive reading on the history of South India - the various dynasties, their kings, ...more
One thing I realised after reading the book is that how less we know of our land's past. Starting from river valley civilisations to the current, India has gone through all sorts of religions and cultures.
South of Narmada is a new definition of Deccan as it formed the natural ...more
Also, this is about time, the history we learn in school is re-written. What we learned was a simplistic view and too many things, which the Muslim Sultans/Emperors did like killing Hindus, forced ...more
In many ways, the author seems to be refuting the claims of authors ...more
But, maybe because Mr. Allen has taken on a lot and over a significant period of time, I felt the narrative jerky in the latter part of the book.
There are definitely interesting theories about the extent of Jainism & Buddhism and the development of Hinduism.
This book makes me want to study further.
In my opinion, this can be treated as a primer and an easy reading (for a newcomer to Indian history) about South India ...more
It was information dense, I enjoyed it.
Absolutely enlightening and true to the title. The author does a great job of illuminating not just the history of south India, but the state of Indian history. A must read for any intellects even remotely interested in India and story.