The Discovery of India by Jawaharlal Nehru

Rating: 5 out of 5.

India has known the innocence and insouciance of childhood, the passion and abandon of youth, and the ripe wisdom of maturity that comes from long experience of pain and pleasure; and over and over a gain she has renewed her childhood and youth and age

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This book was written by Jawaharlal Nehru during the end of the British reign. It captures a summary of Indian culture, its people, and the states. How these have evolved through the centuries. And how history matters while establishing the first democratic and republic government of the nation. India is a country that has survived multiple rulers and invaders. It has been a hub for cultural exchanges and has stood strong with several religions and beliefs under its hood. The book beautifully captures the essence of the age-long evolution of the country and its people. He puts into perspective how the freedom movement leaders probed this knowledge to retain this cultural integrity while building a new nation.

The book is rich in historical facts. It’s planned out properly and written in a structured manner, which doesn’t let the information overwhelm you or get over your head. It paints a beautiful and definite picture of India for anyone reading, irrespective of how much knowledge they already have about India. It’s interesting for another aspect as well. It was a great gateway into the mind of a figure who was pivotal in setting up the base of the republic nation.

I believe this book be a must-read for everyone. Whether you don’t know anything about India and want a comprehensive picture of the building of the new India, or even if you think you know everything about India.

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