A sub­tle glimpse of an­cient In­dia

The Hitavada - - PASTIME -

AU­THOR of sev­eral ac­claimed books in­clud­ing Ashoka in An­cient In­dia, Nayan­jot Lahiri's lat­est Time Pieces: A WhistleS­top Tour Of An­cient In­dia, has just ar­rived at the stands.

In the book, pub­lished by Ha­chette In­dia, Lahiri whim­si­cally sifts through in­tri­cate clues left be­hind by the early in­hab­i­tants of the In­dian sub­con­ti­nent -- in plaques and in­scrip­tions, frag­ments of jew­ellery, bones and tools, po­etry, art and pot­tery -- to re­veal to read­ers the an­cient land in all its va­ri­ety, splen­dour, com­plex­ity and con­tra­dic­tions.

“Quite un­like the tomes that clin­i­cally and chrono­log­i­cally por­tray the life of the in­hab­i­tants of this coun­try roughly up to the third cen­tury BCE, the 10 es­says in this vol­ume take read­ers on a merry trip, stop­ping to draw at­ten­tion to ev­i­dence left be­hind on how life was lived and con­tem­plated in this an­cient land,” said Poulomi Chat­ter­jee, Edi­torin-Chief and Pub­lisher of Ha­chette In­dia.

Priced at Rs 399, it is avail­able in both book­stores as well as on­line.

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