Incarnations: India in 50 Lives

Book by Sunil Khilnani

PUBLICATION: Allen Lane (March 29, 2016)

LANGUAGE: ENGLISH

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Overview
For all of India’s myths, its sea of stories and moral epics, Indian history remains a curiously unpeopled place. Sunil Khilnani’s Incarnations fills that space: recapturing the human dimension of how the world’s largest democracy came to be. In this stunning and deeply researched book, accompanying his major BBC Radio 4 series, Khilnani explores the lives of 50 Indians, from the spiritualist Buddha to the capitalist Dhirubhai Ambani –lives that light up India’s rich, varied past and its continuous ferment of ideas. Khilnani’s trenchant portraits of emperors, warriors, philosophers, poets, stars, and corporate titans–some famous, some unjustly forgotten-bring feeling, wry humour, and uncommon insight to social dilemmas that extend from ancient times to our own.