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The Continent of Circe: An Essay on the People of India

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Paperback, 368 pages
Published December 31st 1999 by Jaico Publishing House (first published October 1st 1965)
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Karn Kher
An erudite work of great importance and interest to all Hindus and Indophiles alike. A clever man presents his point of view of Indian history, Aryan growth in India and Hindu belief.
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Jul 01, 2014 rated it liked it
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Nirad C Chaudhari, who lived most of his later life in Britain and died there a few years ago just a little short of hundred, has presented in this book his deep understanding of the Indian culture and Hinduism.

He repeatedly maintains that he technically is a Shudra: the lowest caste among the Hindus, who are not touched by Brahmans. His criticism of the Independence heroes of India and the writer Rabinrda Nath Tagore is plausible and a little intemperate, if one is to consider it in the present
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Daniel Polansky
A compellingly idiosyncratic if viciously negative history of the Indian sub-continent. Chaudhuri is very, very smart, and completely unrestrained by conventional wisdom or ethnic loyalty; some of this is so unhesitatingly mean-spirited, however – for instance his contention that Hinduism is the result of the immigrant Aryan’s revulsion at India’s climate and general squalor – as to make for cringy reading. Interesting, at least. It made really curious as to what his reputation is in academic c ...more
Sam Schulman
Nov 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely the best Himalayan-level explanation of Indian culture by the fellow who wrote the much better known and glorious books Memoir of an Unknown Indian and Thy Hand, Great Anarch!
Abhishek Thakur
Jun 18, 2013 rated it liked it
As an Indian who has read this book, I think that Nirad Chaudhury is more accurate as a Sociologist and Anthropologist than as a Historian. One major theme of his book- of the Indian Aryans being from Eastern Europe/South West Russia- has been greatly weakened by genetic studies in recent times. However, in other places, he is surprisingly correct, insightful, candid and original.

On the whole, one should not be taking everything he says at face value- however, full marks must be given to him for
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Aug 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book deals with a subject matter that continues to remain controversial in present day. Speaking frankly about South Asian historical topics such as race, sexuality, and modern society, Chaudhuri presents a complex and thought provoking picture of the subcontinent. While certainly some of his points were in my opinion anachronistic, a significant amount of his arguments were not only convincing.They also effectively challenged mainstream historical perspectives heavily shaped by particular ...more
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Nirad C. Chaudhuri (Bangla: নীরদ চনদর চৌধুরী Nirod Chôndro Choudhuri) was a Bengali−English writer and cultural commentator. He was born in 1897 in Kishoreganj, which today is part of Bangladesh but at that time was part of Bengal, a region of British India.

He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award, in 1975 for his biography on Max Müller called Scholar Extraordinary, by the Sahitya Akademi, India'
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