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India : An Illustrated History.

India : An Illustrated History.

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Item Code: IDG649

by Prem Kishore & Anuradha Kishore Ganpati

Paperback (Edition: 2004)

Jaico Publishing House
ISBN 8179923398

Size: 7.1" X 5.0"
Pages: 247
Price: $14.00   Shipping Free
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Description

About the Book:

This volume succinctly recounts 45,000 years of Indian history, form the earliest Indus valley settlements to the twentieth-century struggle against British imperial rule, including the challenges facing the country today. Section on cultural traditions, regional cuisine, dress, and religion bring the varied facets of this nation to life.

About the Author:

Prem Kishore is a travel writer and Lecturer/broadcaster. Born in India, she also has traveled extensively, writing and lecturing as a frequent guest of international publications and the Government of India's Tourism Department.

Anuradha Kishore Ganpati has worked as a news anchor at India Post TV and as a reporter for several Indian-American magazines in Los Angeles. She currently participates in planning and development for the intercultural performance program at the University of California, Los Angeles. Both authors reside in Los Angeles.

CONTENTS

Prefacexiii

PART I: DISCOVERING INDIA1
1. The Indus Valley Civilization {2500 BCE-1600 BCE}3
THE BRICK STORY3
THE CITIES OF MOHENJODARO AND HARAPPA

4
2. The Vedic Age: The Aryans and Alexander the Great {1500 BCE-322 BCE}9
THE VEDAS AND THE UPANISHADS12
THE EPIC STORIES16
    The Heroism of Rama in the Ramayana
16
    The Story of the Mahabharata
19
    The Story of the Bhagvad Gita
21
JAINISM, BUDDHISM, AND BHAKTI 22
    Jainism
22
    Buddhism and Siddhartha Gautama
25
    Comparison of Jainism and Buddhism and the Rise of Bhakti
29
THE MAGADHAN STATE

30
3. The First Indian Empire: The Mauryan Dynasty {322 DCE-320 CE}35
CHANDRAGUPTA MAURYA35
ASHOKA: ENLIGHTENED RULE38
END OF THE EMPIRE: FOREIGN INVADERS (185 DCE-320 CE}

41
4.The Gupta Dynasty: The Golden Age of Indian Classicism {320-647 CE}43
FLOURISHING OF LITERATURE AND THE ARTS 43
HARSHAVARDHANA

49
5.The South Indian Kingdoms: Dynasties and Temple culture {100 BCE-1565 CE}51
THE ANDHRAS AND THE PANDYAS51
THE PALLAVAS AND THE CHOLAS55
THE CHERAS61
THE HOYSALAS AND THE VIJAYANAGARS

62
6. The Rajput Era: Clans, Campaigns, and Chivalry {647-1296 CE}

63
7.Turkish Invasion and Rule: The Rise of Islam {997-1526 CE}

69
8.The Monghul Dynasty: Political Ambitions and the Impact of Islam {1526-1858 CE}77
BABUR (THE TIGER)78
HUMAYUN79
AKBAR80
JEHANGIR85
SHAH JEHAN AND THE TAJ MAHAL86
AURANGZEB AND THE MARATHAS90
DECLINE OF THE MOGHULS

92
9. Early European Voyages: Leading to British Rule (1500-1885 CE)93
THE PORTUGUESE93
THE DUTCH, DANES, AND FRENCH94
THE EAST INDIA COMPANY95
OPPOSING FORCES AND REFORMS

100
10.The British Raj: Form Trade to Dominion105

11. The Indian Nationalist Movement: The Road To Freedom and Democracy (1885 CE-PRESENT)113

THE REVIVAL OF HINDUISM113
MAHATMA GANDHI115
INDIA'S INDEPENDENCE AND HINDU-MUSLIM PARTITION 121
THE NEHRU DYNASTY124
    Wars with Pakistan
127
    Indira Gandhi
129
    Rajiv Gandhi
133

12.India Today: Continuity and Technology137

PART II. LIVING TRADITIONS149

13. Religion151
HINDUISM151
    Hindu Gods and Goddesses
152
    Hindu Festivals
155
Islam166
    Id
167
    Ramadan
167
SIKHISM168
JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY171
BUDDHISM172
ZOROASTRIANISM173
JAINISM174

14. Customs and Rituals179
BINDI179
THE SACRED COW180
MEHNDI (HENNA)180
RANGOLI AND KOLAM182
THE SARI184
SACRED TREES185

15.Crafts187
LEATHER187
PAPER187
POTTERY188
WOOD192
DECORATIVE INLAY194
PAINTINGS194
STONE CARVINGS195
JEWELS198

16.Music and Dance203
MUSIC203
    Hindustani Music of Northern India
204
    Carnatic Music of Southern India
205
    Musical Instruments
205
DANCE206
    Bharatanatyam
206
    Odissi
208
    Kathak
208
    Kathakali
209
    Mohiniattam
211
    Manipuri
212
    Kuchupudi
212
    Kalaripayattu
212

17.Food: The Spice Route215

Bibliography225

Index227

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