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Exploring India: Unknown Indians Paperback – 6 July 2016

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So from architecture, literature, music and dance to the clothes we wear and the food we eat are all parts of our civilization. Another element of our civilization is the presence of religion in our lives. We are a pretty religious people. Once again if you think that religion is an unchanging entity then you are mistaken. Take Hinduism, for example. The religion practised by the Aryans, when the verses of the Rig Veda were being written, is very different from the Hinduism of today. Just to give you an example, there are no hymns in praise of gods like Shiva or Vishnu in the Rig Veda and no goddess called Durga, Lakshmi or Saraswati. There are a few hymns addressed to a gentle goddess of the forest called Aranyani, whom we have sadly forgotten.

Over the centuries, there have been great teachers who have taught us to question our old beliefs, especially the things that are taught by our priesthood. From the Buddha and Mahavir to Basavanna and Nanak, they have given us lessons on living in a humane manner with kindness and generosity, equality and love. The Buddha, Mahavir and Nanak are also founders of great religions—Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism—and they have changed our thoughts about the role of religion in our civilization.

This tradition of questioning and debate within Hinduism has continued till today. From teachers like Ramakrishna Paramhansa and his disciple Swami Vivekananda in the nineteenth century to Mahatma Gandhi and Sai Baba of Shirdi in the twentieth, they have all spoken of equality, religious tolerance and the need to reform our society.

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SUBHADRA SEN GUPTA has written over thirty books for children including mysteries, adventures, ghost stories, comic books and books on history. To her surprise, the Sahitya Akademi thought she is doing a good job and gave her the Bal Sahitya Puraskar in 2014. Right now she is waiting for a time machine so that she can travel to the past and join Emperor Akbar for lunch. She loves to travel, flirt with cats and chat with auto-rickshaw drivers. If you want to discuss anything under the sun with her, email her at Exploring India: Unknown Indians Subhadra Sen Gupta | Illustrated by Tapas Guha The Exploring India series of books are delicious, bite-sized portions of history that will interest every reader who wants to know more about various facets of India. The Unknown Indians is an unusual book in history as it places those unnamed Indians, who quietly changed the world around them, at the centre of Indian history. It takes the reader on a journey through the lives of minstrels and storytellers; weavers, potters, ironsmiths and carvers; farmers and cooks; and poet rebels. Find out how these men and women shaped Indian civilization and made it richer with their skills and their wondrous innovations. From the first storytellers who wove tales of great imagination and then passed them down generations, to skilled workers who discovered how to weave cotton or created marvelous works of art like the Chola bronzes; from the farmers who fed everyone and even adopted new seeds and crops that have become staples now to poet rebels like Kabir and Guru Nanak who changed society with love and songs. Concise yet filled with relevant details and accompanied by attractive colour illustrations, the Exploring India series will make history fascinating and unforgettable for every reader.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 8129137593
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Rupa Publications India; First edition (6 July 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 64 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9788129137593
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-8129137593
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 113 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.97 x 0.51 x 21.59 cm
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all. An inspiring book.
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The author has written a book which brings together many small but important figures of Indian history who have made material differences to India. This book is not just a collection but very well arranged array of thoughts about those people. This is an assortment and not just focusing on a few individuals in a particular domain but across all walks of life. It doesn't matter how small or large the individual or his/her profession is. What matters is that they helped shape the history of India.
The book involves people who innovated and passed the learning to their descendants. It is from them that the culture and art has flown down and over time more people have contributed to the same. The best part about this book is that it is quite concise and doesn't sway the reader in too many details to lose interest. It is quite gripping and easy to follow despite the fact that numerous people and contributions have been collated in the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for non Indians
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