By Charles Allen
Coromandel used to be the identify given by means of eu investors to India's south-eastern seaboard, a corruption of the Tamil Cholamandalam, after the temple-building Chola kings who governed the southern peninsula for hundreds of years sooner than the Islamic invasions.
Indian background has a tendency to target Northern India, yet Coromandel will trip south, exploring the fewer famous, usually ignored and intensely diverse historical past and identification of the oldest India within the pre-Aryan Dravidian south. hugely acclaimed historian Charles Allen explores the striking Buddhist and Jain civilisations that flourished all alongside India's jap seaboard sooner than Hinduism turned the verified religion.
In Coromandel, Allen maintains his research into early Indian historical past, started in Ashoka. At each one aspect in his trip in the course of the Indian south he meets neighborhood historians, authorities, politicians and different vibrant personalities, and with their support uncovers a few awesome tales concerning the prior. it is a traveller's story, and as Allen strikes via modern India, he discovers as a lot in regards to the current as he does in regards to the past.
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