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The Discovery of India

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Length: 656 Pages
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The Discovery of India is the result of Jawaharlal Nehru’s three years of solitude during his imprisonment and his love for the written word and Indian history.

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The Discovery of India is an honor paid to the rich cultural heritage of India, its history and its philosophy as seen through the eyes of a patriot fighting for the independence of his country.

Nehru’s love for this Indian legacy shines through the book’s curious mix of personal essays and reflections, philosophical surmises, and deep prose scattered among historical facts. It is not a book of historical evidence by its very nature, rather, it is the keen observations of a severely intelligent mortal that delves into the philosophical and altruistic aspect of a nation’s history and the groundwork it presents to build a strong future foothold.

The Discovery of India is the realization of a silver lining. At the peak of the nation’s fight against the colonial rule through the “Quit India Movement”, Jawaharlal Nehru was imprisoned at the Ahmednagar Fort from 1942 to 1946, to keep him away from the political limelight. Forced to this dreary lonesomeness, Jawaharlal Nehru discovered time to re-live his creative passions. He rediscovered his love for gardening, prose, poetry, and badminton. Encouraged by this vastly stimulating environment and by his fellow inmates, Jawaharlal Nehru decided to pen down his thoughts and experiences living in the country he fiercely loved. He dedicated the book to the prisoners of Ahmednagar jail.

The journey in The Discovery of India begins from ancient history, leading up to the last years of the British Raj. He uses his knowledge of the Upanishads, Vedas, and textbooks on ancient history to introduce to the reader the development of India from the Indus Valley Civilization, through the changes in socio-political scenario every foreign invader brought, to the present day conditions. True to his multifaceted interests, the book is ripe with philosophy, art, social movements, economics, science, and religion.

This journey of discovery of his beloved nation became the nation’s most magnificent historical treatise ever written. It was adapted into the Indian television series titled Bharat Ek Khoj, released in 1988 by director Shyam Benegal.

About Jawaharlal Nehru

Jawaharlal Nehru, a freedom fighter and independent India’s first Prime Minister, was born on 14 November, 1889. Alongside Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru remained a central figure in India’s independence struggle.

His other written works include Glimpses of World History and Toward Freedom.

Nehru was born in Allahabad to Motilal Nehru and Swaruprani Thussu. Nehru studied natural science at Trinity College, and later studied law at Inner Temple. He gave the nation the most significant speech, A Tryst with Destiny, when he became the Prime Minister. Jawaharlal Nehru was awarded India’s highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna, in 1955.

Specifications of The Discovery of India (Paperback)

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Authored By Jawaharlal Nehru
Book Details
Publisher Penguin
Imprint PENGUIN
Publication Year 2008
ISBN-13 9780143031031
ISBN-10 0143031031
Language English
Edition 1stEdition
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 656 Pages
Dimensions
Width 5.90 inch
Height 1.80 inch
Weight 680 g
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03 January 12
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If there is any doubt about Pandit Nehru'S true calling, this book provides the answer. Its a truly magnificient account of a man trying to understand and appreciate his motherland. Written with passion and a depth which is hard to match , Nehru delves deep into the story of his country peeling it layer by layer and holding up its glories for the world to see. Its written in a manner that only the truly intelectual can write in classy prose and in an engaging manner infused with anecdotes thereby making sure the book does not end up as a history text.
A must read for every Indian and if I could turn the clock back give me Nehru the writer anyday instead of the politician.

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Must read!

All I thought about Nehru while growing up was that he was an alocoholic, weed smoking, success-craving playboy who sold of part of the country. How wrong I was!

This book has opened my eyes and given me a whole new perspective to the great man and the history of India. Every word of his glistens with wisdom and the sheer breath of his knowledge and vision is breathtaking.

This book is a must read for every Indian, to understand our longest standing PM, and to understand the principles and circumstances on which Modern India was formed.

Burn the dry, insipid, twisted history textbooks, this is the Gita of Indian history!

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Every politician should read

Know about the land that give us the bread,The struggle for survival of a state,the vision of great men that gives us what we call INDIA.
I will make this book as a curriculum for a mandatory course for all citizens who aspire to become a politician if i have the authority to do so...
India can lead the whole world if we have at least a handful of politicians as this man was...
These were men who gave their time , property , money ,etc etc for us ...without them practically India would'nt have existed.
Now politicians are robbing these things from poor citizens,Its a pity , its a curse for India to lose such great men...Their services,their vision,,their magnanimity...

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A journey of self-discovary

Bought this book for no particular reason except curiosity. But, the introduction by Sunil Khilnani (the author of The Idea of India) changed everything. He writes, "The Discovery of India integrates with grace and discretion the ideas of Tagore" and that "Nehru enjoyed playing with the polarities between and within the two men: Tagore as 'primarily the man of thought' and Gandhi a bundle of 'concentrated and ceaseless activity'. In reading 'The Discovery of India' it is interesting to observe how Nehru seeks to contain within himself what Gandhi and Tagore individually represented, to make himself an heir of two fathers."

Reading Tagore and Gandhi has always been enlightening and now in my hand was this book by a man who was being described as a synthesis of both of them. So the journey began with a lot of excitement and expectation and the book has not disappointed me so far....Really enjoying it... getting vindicated at some places (have no words to describe how it feels to read my own thoughts in a great man's work ) and enlightened everywhere else, as if I were on journey of self- discovery

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Must read to understand India's past glory

The Book gives us deep proud feeling of "Being Indian". The book tells us about old Indian civilization, past Indian glory, impact of British Raj in India, partition of India and also convince readers to learn from past, live and act in present for better and secure future. Must read by Every Indian and those who are doubtful about India's position in world.

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