Here in a wide-ranging, multi-layered journey of discovery that is as fascinating as any detective story. Charles Allen tells the story of the man who was arguably the greatest ruler India has ever known.
This incredible journey takes one through the Greek empire to all corners of Indian subcontinent including the Indus valley. One meets the emperors Alexander, Chandragupta, Harsha, the Guptas and the Satavahanas. At times, the Chinese travellers Huen Tsang (Xuanzang) and Fa Hien direct the discovery and at times one gets clues from Pali scriptures from Sri Lanka.
Along the way, one also meets the gifted Chanakya as well as great men like Bhandarkar, Nehru and Ambedkar. Oriental scholars such as Alexander Cunningham, William Jones, James Prinsep are the true heroes of this tale of discovery.
Dr Dhananjay Chavan has translated the book into Marathi aided by extensive correspondence with the author.