India Discovered by John Keay starts with the state of India two hundred years ago, during the realm of the British. The country one sees today is not the same as it was during the British reign.
The book traces the magnificent journey the country makes from a primitive and unsophisticated nation to a glorious nation full of rich heritage and culture. However, India had its own prestigious prehistory as well. The classical age saw the people of India practice an array of cultural traditions. Keay notes how these traditions have changed and been modified over the ages. The transition from the religious to the secularized society and the various events that change the course of Indian history are all touched upon in this work.
The author structured this book after years of research and discoveries made in India over the ages. There are various historical figures that have changed the course of religion in the country and the world. There are cities that existed in ancient India which are older than Greece and Rome. The book also provides insight on the literature of various centuries, the architecture of famous buildings, and the monuments that were destroyed with the coming of the British traders.
This work has been well-appreciated by critics and readers alike.
About John Keay
John Keay is a British author and journalist who has written several popular historical accounts dealing with the Far East and India. He mainly concentrates on the colonization process of the European Empires overtime.
His works include Into India, The Gilgit Game: The Explorers of the Western Himalayas, and India Discovered.
Born in England, Keay studied in Ampleforth College, York. He also acquired his degree in Modern History from Oxford University. He visited India in 1965 and after his first visit, he kept coming back, especially to Kashmir. He also worked for The Economist and has contributed to stories announced over BBC Radio.