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Search Book Title Search for:. Like Us in Facebook. Kiernan could not include the last chapter in the book that dealt with one of the most crucial periods of modern Indian history, but to translate this remaining chapter, I thought, was the best way to start the project.
It was a marvellous achievement in English, but there were some interesting discrepancies, which I think were due to the fact that Kiernan may not have had the time to delve into the mythology and ancient history of India, in spite of his great interest in the history of the subcontinent. First of all, I would mention the change of putting all Indian names with transcription symbols. I felt it necessary for the English readers to know that the basic 26 Roman letters are not sufficient enough to represent all the Indian sounds.
Describing each and every Indian name with phonetic symbols however was not logical since there are a number of words, particularly names of the geographical locations, which have been very well known to the world through basic Roman letters and are pronounced more or less correctly, for example Hindu-Kush, Kashmir, Pamir, Swat, Bihar, Pradesh etc.
It would be worth making a special mention of certain names of places which have been introduced to the world by the British. For centuries, these have been wrongly pronounced and incorrectly spelled, simply for the fact that the English speaking rulers did not have the ability to pronounce them correctly.
Many such names, as often surface in the media, are now being respelled in India. I noticed that Dr. Kiernan translated these words as best as possible, but I felt it necessary not to translate them but to explain the meaning in foot-notes.
This is to convey the hidden message of the author, who in his original Hindi text had kept them un-translated.
These titles have a peculiar character which cannot be simply substituted by the parallel words of English or Christian terminology. Another category of words that I felt important to give in their original is the names of the animals and plants. On almost each occasion he mentions the names of such wild-life creatures or trees, which are only found in that part of the world, hence have no parallel words apart from some botanical terminology.
Then there also are the Indian units of weights, measures and distances, which Dr. Kiernan must have researched painstakingly to calculate equivalents in English pounds, pints and miles; I however decided rather to introduce the original words so as to make the readers aware of ancient Indian terms for such units.
Semantics was rather an easy part while editing the text. The major challenge I faced, which I believe, must be the case for Dr.
I'll recommend it a must read for young generations. Feb 03, Gaurav Tolani rated it liked it. From thousands of years back till the 20th century, the journey of humans from russia volga to india ganga through just 20 stories is amazing.
Every story, every page has something special about it. The writing style is very communicative yet so poetic. What a book! The writer is brilliant! Simply brilliant! This idea of presenting the history of Indian civilization coming from Aryans, then getting mixed with the 'asuras' and finally maturing into a more contemporary outlook in the form of twenty short stories is just genius, brilliant, all superlatives! I read this book 'Volga se Ganga' by Rahul Sankrityayan in Hindi, the language it was originally written in.
It's one of those books of Hindi literature that has been translated maximum num Oh! It's one of those books of Hindi literature that has been translated maximum number of times. The Hindi is purer, and the current 'hinglish' generation will thus be a bit slower in reading, being written in when globalization was still dependent on telephones and faxes.
This is a book that unfolds more and you read it again. It is a cult and its eminence is a history in itself. So the review is going to be heavy and lengthy one and this time I will not apologize for that. Rahul Sankrityayan basically paints various time lines and landscapes while drawing the graph of the development of Indian civilization, as it is today, from the aspects of various characters and their reflection on their times.
All the protagonists are true to their race, class, creed, sex and their time but the ideas that remains central to most of them are equality, justice, the conflict in judgment of how what is shown differs from what actually is, how politics of lust and power frame the history, where it wins and when and how it looses.
And we practically see how ideas, ideals, notions, superstitions evolve over time to become a part of the civilization, completely detached from its roots but still retaining a touch if you scratch the surface.
Rahul Sankrityayan is famous for being a well read scholar of languages, histories. He was an ardent traveler whose aim of travel was knowledge and understanding. His writings are said to be extremely well researched. I haven't verified the correctness of this version of history completely. When there is imagination in the very art of presenting history, personal opinion may abut the content and it might tinge the glass we are looking through.
But still, for novices and history-insinceres like me , and I have heard for many elites of the history culture as well, it's a gem. You will, if you are an Indian or know of the Indian culture, will visibly see the past carnivals hold the seed of the society as it is today. The thing I like about this book is that since it talks through perspectives, almost always its characters are anti-slavery, anti-racism.
Through them, you get to know how religion shaped the society, how brahmins-kshatriyas came to be 'gau-mata-poojak's from downright carnivorous society who consumed even pigs and horses, how races got mixed and what were the dynamics of that.
I have read this book in Hindi which makes me sad as to why our so ferocious Hindu 'gau-hatya' haters have not read this book yet Well most of them claim to be leaned 'ved-pandits'! It starts with stories of Aryans settled near Volga in pre-historic times, starting from BC, and gives you an idea of how life would have been at that time - people living in small clans, the society being matriarchal as knowing who was ones father was impossible with multiple sexual partners, them being your father, brother, sons, as all encounters happened within the family itself.
Hunting and incest were the basis of a family or a clan. Then sizes of nomadic clans began to grow slowly, and the oldest blueprint of a human society was formed. Dimensions of power, judgment, relationships, societal norms changed as well. Going back to years before, I think imagination plays a good role in drafting these stories. But the well researched part comes from the book "Origin of family private property and State" by Engels. Then we shift our perspectives to the Aryans who inhibited areas around Volga till the Himalayan mountain ranges with their blue eyes, blond hairs, whitish complexions.
A bigger fraternity was a stronger alternative for survival, but along with the vices of having a village and a society started creeping in as well. We see the birth of a position called 'indra'- the head of the group, the strongest fighter and the supreme judge who acted for the people.
Perhaps the idea of the Hindu god 'indra' was inspired from this! The next stories trace the complete dynamics of how the diffusion of Aryans, Asuras brown-skinned Northern Indians and 'Solas' the dark-skinned Southern Indians created the race we Indians are today.
The Aryans were mostly reluctant to mingle and breed with the asura culture disgusted on their societal errs of 'raja' -a supreme ruler worshiped as god, and slavery. But even so the races got entangled and brought a new culture with traits derived from both. This part of the book is said to be heavily relying on the information from vedas, upanishads, ramayana, mahabharata, puranas and literatures by some well known ancient names like kalidasa, banbhatta and so on.
It tells us how greed, hunger for power, lust, the victory of slavery and domination on weaker parts of society framed the Hindu civilization as it is today. The 'brahmin' and 'a-brahmin' difference was once based on color. Then 'brahmin's used to be the educated class as well as fighter class.
Further down the line, the upper strata disintegrated into 'kshatriyas' and 'brahmins', the fighters and the 'acharyas'- the so called intellectual elite, the holders of half the share of the power. Slavery, untouchability which basically drew its roots form the great Indian 'mahakavya's were basically written by paid 'acharya's of a king's or a rich man's court with the interest of glorifying the payer and keeping his power within the grip.
The strata of women in of once a matriarchal society was now gutted down the drains. As the races began to mix, slowly there status degraded from leaders to now mere objects of pleasure and no more than that. The author instantly gets to the point just like Voltaire with Candide. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 23 January Rahul Sankrityayan Hindi Writer. Sahitya Akademi.
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