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Back of The Book Which ‘green’ complex in Lakakh was portrayed as the school run by Aamir Khan’s Phunsukh Wangdu in the 2009 film 3 idiots? Which legendary Tamil philosopher-poet is honoured with a 41-metre-tall statue at Kanyakumari? Competently researched questions on India’s art and architecture await you inside Book 1 of the India Unlimited Series. From prehistoric rock art to postmodern monuments like ‘Cloud Gate’, from forts in films t...
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Which ‘green’ complex in Lakakh was portrayed as the school run by Aamir Khan’s Phunsukh Wangdu in the 2009 film 3 idiots?

Which legendary Tamil philosopher-poet is honoured with a 41-metre-tall statue at Kanyakumari?

Competently researched questions on India’s art and architecture await you inside Book 1 of the India Unlimited Series.

From prehistoric rock art to postmodern monuments like ‘Cloud Gate’, from forts in films to music in miniature painting, from medieval marvels like Taj Mahal to modern engineering feats like Konkan Railway—here are insights into India from the time it began, to right now, right here.

 

Introduction

First of all, thank you for picking this book. You are curious, and we love it. The need to know is the most important thing. Once you open your mind to knowing, to discovering-nothing can limit you or stop you from learning.

Information is all around you. Seriously. In newspaper headlines, yes, but also in advertisement taglines on hoardings, in jingles. In that old film song your mother hums when she drives you to school. In the books in your schoolbag-and in the comics you hide inside the books in your schoolbag! On packets of chips, in manuals of video games, on web sites, in your grandfather's bedtime stories…Open your mind and information will rush in. Not in bits or bytes but in exabytes, zettabytes, yottabytes!

With these quiz books, we want to help you unlock your own potential to learn, which is indeed limitless. There are effectively 400 questions in this book but each of those questions can propel you on a flight of discovery. If you wish, you can select a theme at a time, read about it from various sources including your school books, and test yourself with the relevant set of questions. To make it more exciting, challenge your friends to mini-quizzes using the sets. With questions on one doublespread and answers on the following doublespread, you won't need to fumble for answers at the back of the book. What's more, we have also given nuggets of trivia on the answers page to make the learning truly limitless! This book, the first in the series, invites you to discover India's art and architecture. From prehistoric rock art to postmodern monuments like Anish Kapoor's 'Cloud Gate: from forts portrayed in films to music represented in miniature paintings, from medieval marvels like Taj Mahal to modern feats of engineering like Konkan Railway-it is loaded with insights into India from the time it began to right now, when it is evolving even as you read this.

Apart from the basic Q&A style, you will find many interesting formats like word mazes, crosswords, acrostics, fill in the blanks and multiple choice questions. So pick up a pencil and let us pick your brain!

In upcoming books in this India Unlimited series, you and we shall explore other aspects of India: culture, sports, wildlife, innovations, literature and business. So much to learn, so much to know ... Start now and stay unlimited!

 

Contents

 

1 Built To Last . Iconic Monuments of India 8
2 Super Oldies . Pre-Harappan Sites and Artefacts 12
3 Touch of Bronze . The Indus Valley Civilisation 16
4 Cult Classics . The Mauryan Aesthetic 20
5 Think Twice . Gandhara and Mathura Schools of Art 24
6 Heap of Faith . Buddhist Stupas 28
7 Culture Stock . Glimpses of the Guptas 32
8 Aeon Flux . The Post-Gupta Period 36
9 Deccan Chargers . Temples of South India 40
10 Soul Spellunk . Caves Temples of India 44
11 Regal Relics . Structures of the Delhi Sultanate 48
12 First Resorts . Rajput Forts and Palaces 52
13 Splendid South Feats of Vijayanagara Kings 56
14 Empire State Building . The Mark of the Mughals 60
15 Sultans of Style . Deccan Sultanates 64
16 Hold The Fort. Citadels and Forts of India 68
17 Downsize Drama . The Charm of Miniature Paintings 72
18 Histori-City. The City of Chennai 76
19 Elegy In Stone. Legend of the Taj ;Mahal 80
20 Colonial Overhang . Legacy of the British Empire 84
21 Flair Deccan. The Art of South India 88
22 Continental Drift. European Influences of India 92
23 Eastern Promise . ;Bengal School of Art 96
24 Delhi Heights . Architecture of Power 100
25 Not My Humble House . Palaces of the 20th century 104
26 Arch Revival . The Indo-Saracenic Vocabulary 108
27 Making History . Motifs of a New Nation 112
28 Pop-Up Artists . The ;Bombay Progressives 116
29 Reel Estate . Heritage Motifs in Pop Culture 120
30 Creative Uncommons . Artists of the 20th and 21st Centuries 124
31 Surreal Steel . Modern Feats of Engineering 128
32 Salaam Bombay . The Making of Mumbai 132
33 Future Perfect . The Urbanscape of Chandigarh 136
34 Show Case . Museums of India 140
35 Calcutta Chromosome . The City That Carnock Founded 144
36 Total Recall . Monumental Memorials 148
37 Keeping The Faith . Built Heritage of the Sikhs 152
38 Guest Appearance . Hotels and Resorts of India 156
39 Muezzin's Call . Major Mosques of India 160
40 Passage Through India . Architecture of India Transport 164

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Item Code: NAK352 Author: Adittya Mubayi & Kunal Savarkar Cover: Paperback Edition: 2014 Publisher: Scholastic India Pvt. Ltd. ISBN: 9789351031369 Language: English Size: 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch Pages: 168 (Throughout B/W Illustrations) Other Details: Weight of the Book: 244 gms
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