Divided into four, the encyclopaedia contain (A) a chronology of
events, yearwise, with cross-reference to other years, (B)
arrangement of the events by calendar dates, (c) a list of important
dynasties, and (D) a full index section, as well as an extra feature,
‘First time in India’ – General and Woman.
Mr S B Bhattacherje (b. 1922), through not a historian, is keenly
interested in developing a chronological record of various events in
His specialisation in ‘Sales Management’ demanded extensive traveling
all over the country during his service career with Imperial Chemical
Industries, Union Carbide and even thereafter. His avocation prompted
him to avail of every opportunity to pick up the country’s
evolutionary past right at the source, weaving a serialised
structure. The outcome of his sustained effort over several years is
his unique Encyclopaedia.
Inclusion of hundreds of some events further enriched this edition.
To assist readers plenty of cross references of years are given
The exhaustive index has more than 11,000 entries to pinpoint any
specific information. The index ends with two compilations:
(a) First Time in India (General)
(b) First Time in India (Women)
These compilations are my tribute to those shining stars whose
radiance inspired others to march forward.
My professional career necessitated frequent travels all over India.
I started picking up threads from here and there to weave them into a
texture of national panorama embedded with the events of history,
politics, social reform, art, science, literature, cinema, theatre,
sports, etc. these are interspersed with anecdotes to make it more
interesting reading. This is a single-handed effort of many tears
without any financial patronage from any quarter.
The name India in the title has been used in the historical sense
till the march of events divided the country into India and Pakistan
in 1947. I hope this book will have a universal appeal where India’
past and present progress are studied and discussed. The Indians who
live abroad and are separated from the mainstream are likely to find
it quite handy. It will also help the upcoming generation to keep
themselves abreast with the country’s evolutionary process.
It will be an injustice if do not mention of my wife Kalpana and
daughter Urmi, who sacrificed much of their social life on endless
evenings while I was at my desk working on this encyclopaedia.
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