For all of India’s myths, its sea of moral and stories epics, Indian history remains a curiously unpeopled place. Sunil Khilnani’s book Incarnations: India in 50 Lives fills that space: recapturing the human dimension of how the world’s largest democracy came to be.
In this deeply researched and stunning book Incarnations: India in 50 Lives, accompanying his major BBC Radio four series, Sunil Khilnani discover 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. His trenchant portraits of emperors, stars, philosophers, poets, warriors, and corporate titans–some unjustly, some famous forgotten-bring feeling, wry humour, and uncommon insight to social dilemmas that extend from ancient times to our own.
As he journeys across the country, and through its past, Khilnani reveal more than just history. In Slum temples and Bollywood studios, in rocket launches and Ayurveda call centres, in California communes and grimy ports, he examines the continued, and often surprising, relevance of the men and women who have made India – and the world – what it is. Their stories will move, inform and entertain this book’s many readers.
About the Author
Sunil Khilnani is among the best author of the India. He is the bestselling author of The Idea of India, Non Alignment 2.0, Modern Classics Autobiography and Comparative Constitutionalism in South Asia. He is currently Director and Avantha Professor of the India Institute at King’s College London.