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Incarnations : a history of India in fifty lives / Sunil Khilnani.

Khilnani, Sunil, 1960- author. (Author).
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Jefferson County Public Library - Madison 954.0099 KHI (Text) 39391006769788 Non-Fiction Available -
West Lafayette Public Library - West Lafayette 954.0099 KHI (Text) 31951004138936 Main Floor - New Arrivals Checked out 11/11/2016

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  • ISBN: 9780374175498
  • ISBN: 0374175497
  • Physical Description: ix, 449 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First American edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.

Content descriptions

General Note: Originally published, in somewhat different form: Great Britain : Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Books, 2016.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages [401]-426) and index.
Summary, etc.: "An entertaining and provocative account of India's past, written by one of the country's leading thinkers. For all of India's myths, its sea of stories and moral epics, Indian history remains a curiously unpeopled place. In Incarnations, Sunil Khilnani fills that space, recapturing the human dimension of how the world's largest democracy came to be. His trenchant portraits of emperors, warriors, philosophers, film stars, and corporate titans-- some famous, some unjustly forgotten-- bring feeling, wry humor, and uncommon insight to 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 centers, 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. We encounter the Buddha, 'the first human personality'; the ancient Sanskrit linguist who inspires computer programmers today; the wit and guile of India's Machiavelli; and the medieval poets who mocked rituals and caste. In the twentieth century, Khilnani sets Gandhi and other political icons of the independence era next to actresses, photographers, and entrepreneurs. Incarnations is an ideal introduction to India--and a provocative and sophisticated reinterpretation of its history"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: India > Biography.
India > History.
HISTORY > Asia > India & South Asia.

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