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The Great Indian Novel (English)

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The Great Indian Novel (English) (Paperback) Price: Rs. 395

Shashi Tharoor reinvents India with a dazzling marriage of Hindu myth and modern history.

Shashi Tharoor is the prize-winning author of ten books, both fiction and non-fiction, and a widely published critic, commentator and columnist (including for The Hindu, Times of India and Newsweek).

In 2007 he concluded a nearly twenty-nine-year career with the United Nations, including working for refugees in South-East Asia at the peak of the 'boat people' crisis, handling peace-keeping operations in the former Yugoslavia, and culminating as the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information.

In 2006 he was India's candidate to succeed Kofi Annan as UN Secretary-General, and emerged a strong second out of seven contenders. Dr Tharoor earned his PhD at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at the age of twenty-two, and was named by the World Economic Forum in Davos in 1998 as a 'Global Leader of Tomorrow'. He was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, India's highest honour for overseas Indians.

For more on Shashi Tharoor, please visit www.shashitharoor.com

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Specifications of The Great Indian Novel (English) (Paperback)

Book Details
Publisher Penguin
ISBN-10 0140120491
Edition 1stEdition
Imprint PENGUIN
Number of Pages 424 Pages
Publication Year 2000
Language English
ISBN-13 9780140120493
Binding Paperback
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Authored By Shashi Tharoor
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Eman Roy Choudhury

Feb 21, 2015

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Entertaining

The book is an excellent read for those people who have a good idea about the Mahabharata and the history of modern Indian politics till the late 1980s.

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Manuj Jain

Dec 23, 2014

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Great Writer with deep insight into India's History and Mythology

Shashi Tharoor's mixes history and mythology so well that sometimes reader feels intimated by the sheer knowledge of the writer. A pleasurable, easy, and engulfing journey through India's past.
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Pratik Burman

Dec 15, 2014

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Great price and quick shipping

Thanks Flipkart for great deal and quick shipping... The book is an interesting read sometimes a bit stretched but worth one go
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Dharani Bhoi

Nov 19, 2014

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Not a great read for who knows about Mahabharat

If you want to know about Mahabharat then read it . I knew many things about mahabharat so its not a great read for me .
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Mathew Jacob

Nov 13, 2014

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The best work of satire I've read in a long time.

The Great Indian novel is a smashing masterpiece. Shashi Tharoor shines with candor and skill in this superb, entertaining book combining epic and modern India. I laughed and I cried, often both at the same time.

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Rajdeep Bhattacharyya

Mar 15, 2013

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different and difficult

The first thing about this book is the fact the less you know about the history of India from 1920 onwards, the less sense it will make to you. So if you don't know much about post independent India or the struggle for independence, consider reading up on those first.
That said, this is a brilliant effort at drawing a parallel between the greatest Indian epic and our recent history, and at places it is amazing, how a scene from Mahabharata can be transposed into chapter from Indian history, and how it all fits in ...
there are lot of dull patches in the book. At lot of places the parallels see
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D.K.Rituraj

May 26, 2012

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A book that redefines the adjective- Awesome

I bless the day I had picked up this book and casually leafed through its pages. The very first paragraph gets you hooked- "India is not a developing country but a country in the advanced stages of decay." I dont think any other line in the written history of English could define India in a better fashion.
The book has clubbed the plots of Indian Independence struggle and Mahabharata with such finesse that you would be transported into a magical realm where you would be viewing the Indian Independence struggle run by Mahabharata characters.
The plot is a masterpiece. But that is just the begi
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Nishant Gupta

Oct 7, 2012

A very intelligent book!

To say the least, it's a masterpiece! Rarely do you come across a book that's so intelligently written! Wit, sarcasm, subtlety are some of its aces!

The book gives you a perspective on both Mahabharata as well as Indian politics which is not just enriching, but also entertaining!

Btw is it a coincidence that the satire on the contemporary Indian politics is 420 pages long? :)

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Chandra Nayaka

Jan 30, 2012

A different experience

All the controversies surrounding the author apart,one has to appreciate the book for its intelligence and the creativity.Blending India's arguably the greatest mythology with India's greatest achievement of the past century is a difficult task in itself but to do it by using many of the freedom fighters and matching them up with one historical character from Mahabharatha is to put it in a simple way 'ingenious'.Shashi Tharoor proves that he is an intellectual of the highest order with this book.You might love the book,or hate the book but putting it aside as just another average work is impos
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Rahul Khanna

Jan 25, 2012

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A very entertaining book.

Shashi throor present a blend of mythology i.e mahabharat and indian freedom strugle. This book is very entertaining for intelligent people. Now i count shashi throor in my list of intelligent people of india.
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Eman Roy Choudhury

Feb 21, 2015

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Entertaining

The book is an excellent read for those people who have a good idea about the Mahabharata and the history of modern Indian politics till the late 1980s.

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Manuj Jain

Dec 23, 2014

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Great Writer with deep insight into India's History and Mythology

Shashi Tharoor's mixes history and mythology so well that sometimes reader feels intimated by the sheer knowledge of the writer. A pleasurable, easy, and engulfing journey through India's past.
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Pratik Burman

Dec 15, 2014

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Great price and quick shipping

Thanks Flipkart for great deal and quick shipping... The book is an interesting read sometimes a bit stretched but worth one go
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Dharani Bhoi

Nov 19, 2014

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Not a great read for who knows about Mahabharat

If you want to know about Mahabharat then read it . I knew many things about mahabharat so its not a great read for me .
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Mathew Jacob

Nov 13, 2014

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The best work of satire I've read in a long time.

The Great Indian novel is a smashing masterpiece. Shashi Tharoor shines with candor and skill in this superb, entertaining book combining epic and modern India. I laughed and I cried, often both at the same time.
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