For all India’s myths, its wealth of stories and moral epics, many influential figures of Indian history remain curiously unknown. In this authoritative and illuminating work, author Sunil Khilnani brings to life 50 extraordinary men and women whose contributions have shaped both India and the world.
Journeying across India in pursuit of their stories – visiting slum temples, ayurvedic call centers, Bollywood studios, textile mills and Mughal fortresses – Khilnani paints incisive portraits of emperors, warriors, philosophers, artists, iconoclasts and entrepreneurs. Some of these historical figures are famous; some are unjustly forgotten.
Join Khilnani as he explores over 2000 years of Indian and world history through the lives that light up its rich heritage and its continuous ferment of ideas, from the spiritualist Buddha to the capitalist Dhirubhai Ambani, through the ancient world to the modern day.