The Great Indian Novel
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    The Great Indian Novel  (English, Paperback, Shashi Tharoor)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Penguin
    • ISBN: 9780140120493, 0140120491
    • Edition: 1stEdition, 2000
    • Pages: 424
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    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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    • Publication Year
      • 2000
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    • Authored By
      • Shashi Tharoor
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    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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    Nishant Gupta

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    7 Oct, 2012

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    5

    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 In...
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    Rituraj

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    26 May, 2012

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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, a...
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    Rajdeep Bhattacharyya

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    15 Mar, 2013

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    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 b...
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    Chandra Nayaka

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    30 Jan, 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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    Rahul Khanna

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    25 Jan, 2012

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    5

    The great Indian read !

    Very well written , enjoyed it thoroughly.
    I would suggest every Indian read & understand this tactician's story.
    A very beautifully narrated hi-story of India and the Colonizers
    and the author has genuinely defined the grass root Indian traits throughout the book.
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    sammy

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    4 Jul, 2012

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    Did not meet expectations

    Font and line spacing are too small.
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    Amitesh Singh

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    25 Apr, 2017

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    Must buy!

    useful and cheap
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    Madhu R

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    18 Oct, 2016

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    A wonderful book

    A great combination of Indian Political History and Mahabharata.
    As usual. Shashi Tharoor at his best!
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    Sumanth Upadrasta

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    6 Jul, 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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    Eman Roy Choudhury

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    21 Feb, 2015

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