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India: An Illustrated History
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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

 

Preface xiii

 

PART I: DISCOVERING INDIA 1  
1. The Indus Valley Civilization {2500 BCE-1600 BCE} 3
  THE BRICK STORY 3
  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 UPANISHADS 12
  THE EPIC STORIES 16
 
    The Heroism of Rama in the Ramayana
16
  Mahabharata
    The Story of the
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 MAURYA 35
  ASHOKA: ENLIGHTENED RULE 38
  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 PANDYAS 51
  THE PALLAVAS AND THE CHOLAS 55
  THE CHERAS 61
  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
  HUMAYUN 79
  AKBAR 80
  JEHANGIR 85
  SHAH JEHAN AND THE TAJ MAHAL 86
  AURANGZEB AND THE MARATHAS 90
  DECLINE OF THE MOGHULS

 

92
9. Early European Voyages: Leading to British Rule (1500-1885 CE) 93
  THE PORTUGUESE 93
  THE DUTCH, DANES, AND FRENCH 94
  THE EAST INDIA COMPANY 95
  OPPOSING FORCES AND REFORMS

 

100
10. The British Raj: Form Trade to Dominion 105

 

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

 

  THE REVIVAL OF HINDUISM 113
  MAHATMA GANDHI 115
  INDIA'S INDEPENDENCE AND HINDU-MUSLIM PARTITION 121
  THE NEHRU DYNASTY 124
 
    Wars with Pakistan
127
 
    Indira Gandhi
129
 
    Rajiv Gandhi
133

 

12. India Today: Continuity and Technology 137

 

PART II. LIVING TRADITIONS 149

 

13. Religion 151
  HINDUISM 151
 
    Hindu Gods and Goddesses
152
 
    Hindu Festivals
155
  Islam 166
 
    Id
167
 
    Ramadan
167
  SIKHISM 168
  JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY 171
  BUDDHISM 172
  ZOROASTRIANISM 173
  JAINISM 174

 

14. Customs and Rituals 179
  BINDI 179
  THE SACRED COW 180
  MEHNDI (HENNA) 180
  RANGOLI AND KOLAM 182
  THE SARI 184
  SACRED TREES 185

 

15. Crafts 187
  LEATHER 187
  PAPER 187
  POTTERY 188
  WOOD 192
  DECORATIVE INLAY 194
  PAINTINGS 194
  STONE CARVINGS 195
  JEWELS 198

 

16. Music and Dance 203
  MUSIC 203
 
    Hindustani Music of Northern India
204
 
    Carnatic Music of Southern India
205
 
    Musical Instruments
205
  DANCE 206
 
    Bharatanatyam
206
 
    Odissi
208
 
    Kathak
208
 
    Kathakali
209
 
    Mohiniattam
211
 
    Manipuri
212
 
    Kuchupudi
212
 
    Kalaripayattu
212

 

17. Food: The Spice Route 215

 

Bibliography 225

 

Index 227  

 

India: An Illustrated History

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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

 

Preface xiii

 

PART I: DISCOVERING INDIA 1  
1. The Indus Valley Civilization {2500 BCE-1600 BCE} 3
  THE BRICK STORY 3
  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 UPANISHADS 12
  THE EPIC STORIES 16
 
    The Heroism of Rama in the Ramayana
16
  Mahabharata
    The Story of the
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 MAURYA 35
  ASHOKA: ENLIGHTENED RULE 38
  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 PANDYAS 51
  THE PALLAVAS AND THE CHOLAS 55
  THE CHERAS 61
  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
  HUMAYUN 79
  AKBAR 80
  JEHANGIR 85
  SHAH JEHAN AND THE TAJ MAHAL 86
  AURANGZEB AND THE MARATHAS 90
  DECLINE OF THE MOGHULS

 

92
9. Early European Voyages: Leading to British Rule (1500-1885 CE) 93
  THE PORTUGUESE 93
  THE DUTCH, DANES, AND FRENCH 94
  THE EAST INDIA COMPANY 95
  OPPOSING FORCES AND REFORMS

 

100
10. The British Raj: Form Trade to Dominion 105

 

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

 

  THE REVIVAL OF HINDUISM 113
  MAHATMA GANDHI 115
  INDIA'S INDEPENDENCE AND HINDU-MUSLIM PARTITION 121
  THE NEHRU DYNASTY 124
 
    Wars with Pakistan
127
 
    Indira Gandhi
129
 
    Rajiv Gandhi
133

 

12. India Today: Continuity and Technology 137

 

PART II. LIVING TRADITIONS 149

 

13. Religion 151
  HINDUISM 151
 
    Hindu Gods and Goddesses
152
 
    Hindu Festivals
155
  Islam 166
 
    Id
167
 
    Ramadan
167
  SIKHISM 168
  JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY 171
  BUDDHISM 172
  ZOROASTRIANISM 173
  JAINISM 174

 

14. Customs and Rituals 179
  BINDI 179
  THE SACRED COW 180
  MEHNDI (HENNA) 180
  RANGOLI AND KOLAM 182
  THE SARI 184
  SACRED TREES 185

 

15. Crafts 187
  LEATHER 187
  PAPER 187
  POTTERY 188
  WOOD 192
  DECORATIVE INLAY 194
  PAINTINGS 194
  STONE CARVINGS 195
  JEWELS 198

 

16. Music and Dance 203
  MUSIC 203
 
    Hindustani Music of Northern India
204
 
    Carnatic Music of Southern India
205
 
    Musical Instruments
205
  DANCE 206
 
    Bharatanatyam
206
 
    Odissi
208
 
    Kathak
208
 
    Kathakali
209
 
    Mohiniattam
211
 
    Manipuri
212
 
    Kuchupudi
212
 
    Kalaripayattu
212

 

17. Food: The Spice Route 215

 

Bibliography 225

 

Index 227  

 

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  • This book is absolute rubbish. Do not waste your money or time. The book extols British rule and the British generally - barely if at all mentioning the poverty and destruction that the British gave to India over several centuries, nor the mess they left behind. The book could have been written by Winston Churchill (who hated Indians) except it does not have enough wit to have been written by Churchill.
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