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Incarnations: India in 50 Lives

Incarnations: India in 50 Lives by Sunil Khilnani
2016 | ISBN: 024120822X | English | 400 pages | EPUB | 12 MB

For all of Indias myths, its sea of stories and moral epics, Indian history remains a curiously unpeopled place. Sunil Khilnanis Incarnations fills that space: recapturing the human dimension of how the worlds largest democracy came to be. In this stunning and deeply researched book, accompanying his major BBC Radio 4 series, Khilnani explores the lives of 50 Indians, from the spiritualist Buddha to the capitalist Dhirubhai Ambani -lives that light up Indias rich, varied past and its continuous ferment of ideas. Khilnanis trenchant portraits of emperors, warriors, philosophers, poets, stars, and corporate titans-some famous, some unjustly forgotten-bring feeling, wry humour, and uncommon insight to social dilemmas that extend from ancient times to our own. As he journeys across the country, and through its past, Khilnani uncovers more than just history. In rocket launches and ayurvedic call centres, in slum temples and Bollywood studios, in California communes and grimy ports, he examines the continued, and often surprising, relevance of the men and women who have made India - and the world - what it is. Their stories will inform, move and entertain this books many readers.

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