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FREE READ Ñ The Wonder That Was India A Survey of the History and Culture of the Indian Sub Continent before the coming of the Muslims Ä Indian civilization is among the oldest in the world and what is uniue in that respect is that the culture of tIndian civilization is among the oldest in the world and what is uniue in that respect is that the culture of the peoples still remains largely unchanged with a strong thread of continuity through the ages The Wonder That was India takes a look at the country's history from the time of the Harappan or Indus Valley Civilization It explores the possible causes for the decline of the Harappan civilization and settlements The book talks about the possibility of the Harappans having moved towards the south and settled in the. Women in ancient India roamed the streets with naked breasts Take that modern worldOne cannot refrain from considering any work on Indian culture and history under the scanner of famed Orientalism as told to us by Edward Said if the work is from an Western author AL Basham though seems doesn't uite fill the bill of an orientalist This is a work of very high uality and very deep research for which the author learned nearly all the ancient Indian languages and all of its ancient literature The work is polymathic in it's outlook and covers nearly all known aspects of the Indian civilization from its geography its literature governance religion philosophy to science and even coinageIndian culture and its civilization are amongst the oldest in the world and perhaps one of few which are still intact in pretty much the same form as when they were created This continuity is surprising and in the book Basham has tried to find out the reasons behind it We are given a uick tour of the Harappa culture and possible reasons for its decline attack Natural decline according to the author Harappans may have settled down in the South India and could have been the Dasas referred to in literature the Brahmi script is also probably a derivative of the Harappan script but nothing can be claimed with certainty The Indian society as it stands today is certainly the amalgamation of Aryans who probably came from somewhere near the modern day Iran and the natives It is this culture of the Aryans which has been transferred almost undiluted through centuries Slowly the Aryans dominated the entire sub continent and every inch of India soon had their footprintsThere is a lot of information on the Indian religions though not necessarily structured We come to know that the Aryan religion was in the beginning a sacrificial cult which was later transformed into a devotional cult or the modern day hinduism All the religions in India have been influenced by each other upto the coming of Muslims The coming of Buddhism and Jainism brought the non violence and vegetarian aspect into the Indian religions Almost all of the Indian literature has been religious and even if some were secular like Mahabharata or Ramayana they have been transformed into religious works by later writers Basham is clearly not much impressed by the ideas expressed in literature of the period according to him the literature is mostly either religious or gnomic What has impressed him is the amazingly and almost supernatural grasp of the language ancient Indian poets have shownWhere else in the world would you find a beauty like this Dadado dudda dud dadiDadado duda di da dohDud dadam dadade duddeDad' adada dado 'da dahTranslation The giver of gifts the giver of grief to his foes the bestower of purity whose arm destroys the giver of grief the destroyer of demons bestower of bounty on generous and miser alike raised his weapon against the foeThis work is essential for anyone who is interested in knowing the Indian history It is a brilliant reference material even if some sections feel dated Appendices at the end give information on Indian science and maths but is hardly of the same detail as religion or governance But the importance of mathematics is highlighted in the fact that author calls the unknown mathematician who gave the world the zero as the second most important son of India after BuddhaOh and according to Basham the gypsies are of Indian origin so next time you see Brad Pitt in Snatch remember he is just Rajnikant in disguise

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Peninsular regionThe author also discusses the Aryan invasion theory supporting it with various research papers and findings of that time The evolution of Hindu religion is also talked about in this book from the Harappan times to the coming of the Aryans and the mutual influence that Hinduism and its off shoots Jainism and Buddhism had on each otherThis book is comprehensive in its coverage of Indian history It looks at every aspect of Indian society and culture The Wonder That was India covers everything from religio. I've wanted to buy this book for the better part of 3 years and I finally got my hands on it Haven't finished it yet but from what I've read it thoroughly deserves its reputation as a classic holding up well after 53 yearsIn my experience with histories of India you generally have two extremes Ones written by Indian authors that so aggressively seek to discount earlier volumes' Western slant it comes across as one upsmanship and the volumes written by Western authors that seek to apologize for earlier transgressions AL Basham achieves a happy medium Some of his language can be excused as indicative of the time in which he wrote the book 7 years after the Partition but otherwise he does a great job of covering Indian history up to the High Middle Ages with thoroughness and euanimity His writing is also very engagingAs the foreward in this new edition points out the book stops before the coming of the Muslims because Basham didn't have any background in Persian not as any sort of statement about that part of Indian history


The Wonder That Was India A Survey of the History and Culture of the Indian Sub Continent before the coming of the MuslimsN governance social evolution literary traditions philosophy languages and scienceThe author explores the significant role the Hindu religion played on the lives of the people All the literary compositions of ancient times had religious associations He also puts forward the theory that the European gypsies are of Indian origin The Wonder That Was India also gives an insight into modern Indian society and culture how it became a confluence of different influences from many a uarter throughout the many stages of its histo. As a young kid AL Basham was always fascinated by the stories of a mysterious land far away stories told by his father who lived near Shimla as a british journalist His deep interest in the history and religions of Indian subcontinent made him work for a PhD under another prominent historian of that time LD Barnett He went further to hold professorships at various institutes finally coming to Oriental Studies at the Asiatic Society of CalcuttaI believe no one ever summarized Indian history in a depth surpassing the level Basham has gone in The Wonder that was India From the early civilizations in the west to invasion of Aryans and early ages of Hindu society you will experience what we are told in the school days was just a half baked story hiding the details that may change your view created by the present political activitiesIn the book AL Basham has explained the passage of kings formation and re formation of religions making of the norms of society and gives a perfect picture of what India was like when the Mughals first saw it “If you don't know history then you don't know anything You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree uoted Michael Crichton