Jawaharlal Nehru wrote the book 'The Discovery of India', during his imprisonment at Ahmednagar fort for participating in the Quit India Movement ( The Discovery of India was written by India's first Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru during his The book provides a broad view of Indian history, philosophy and culture, as viewed from the eyes of an Indian fighting for the independence of . The Discovery of India book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. In conjunction with the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund in N.
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My grandfather was a part of the quit India movement. The scars of the British occupation of India are still on his back, yet he is the staunchest supporter of the British. He was beaten by them but also was fed by them. Most of my knowledge of Indian history comes for stories of grandparents and parents not from skewed history lessons from the lens of a warrior in battle.
The most difficult part of reading this book was the seemingly never ending philosophy. The principles were very abstract and unfortunately repetitious. There were two salient points that he captures.
He also castigated Indians for being too group oriented. Nehru was a great admirer of Russia and China. But history the ideologies of both were opposite of his own.
This was his greatest miscalculation. I wonder what he would think about modern day India and world. Would be proud of its world standing or horrified but vast disparity between the rich and poor? But the greatest question of them all: Are we more compassionate in than Maybe to women we are better.
Unaffected by the storms and upheavals of the present, it maintains its dignity and repose tempts the troubled mind to seek shelter in catacomb. We become prisoners of the past p 7 5 The highest truths of a civilization disowned them with impunity whenever questions of national self-interests was involves p 6 Become an occident in your spirit of equality, freedom. Work, and energy at the same time a true Hindu to the backbone in religious culture and instinct p 7 Division by creed and classes means the creation of a political camps organized against one another, teaches men to think as partitions not citizens 8 I decline to be a slave to precedent it practice I cannot understand or defend on a moral basis.
If a religion is destroyed by such investigations which we apply to the sciences then the same knowledge should be applied to religion. Uf a religion is destroyed by such investigation, it was nothing but a worthless supersition 13 By writing of the past I have tried to rid myself of the burden of the past p 14 The Muslim areas will be hard-hot, will be ecomonically backward, will not exist without foreign dependence 15 There is some envy for those virgin minds which have not been violated by thoughts assaults.
India is a geographically entity…. This is a very beautiful nationalistic treatise written by Jawaharlal Nehru while he was imprisoned in Ahmednagar fort. An impressionistic and romanticised work.
To determine a cultural identity and identify himsel This is a very beautiful nationalistic treatise written by Jawaharlal Nehru while he was imprisoned in Ahmednagar fort. To determine a cultural identity and identify himself with it. The search is for a timeless Indian culture.
To resite the pride of a generation that suffered under the colonial yoke. The tone used in this book is to look at the Indian civilisation as something that has once been great but is now in degeneration. This must rather be read as a work of literature that gives us interesting glimpses into the Indian past, as something that gives us a glimpse into the mind of a very learned man.
Mar 26, Dipa rated it it was amazing Shelves: I cannot think of anyone more romantic than Nehru. The way he writes about India, you'd think he was having his biggest love affair of all with her.
I loved this book. For anyone who'd like to have a historical tour of India by an Indian man who loves India, this book is it. He doesn't make apologies for aspects of India's history that are less than palatable, nor does he try to deny them. Nehru's book gives us an insight into the ideologies that were prevalent in pre-independence India. I highl I cannot think of anyone more romantic than Nehru.
I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to read about India's economic and political history. I loved reading this book when I was a teenager. I am hoping to re-read it again to experience it again. Nehru has a very engaging style and he was a very intelligent man who felt quite passionately about India.
He was a freedom-fighter before India gained its independence from the British empire. He eventually became the first Prime Minister of independent India.
This tome was written when he was in prison for fighting the British Raj before India was independent.
His presentation of India's pa I loved reading this book when I was a teenager. His presentation of India's past as the heritage of the future generations this book was addressed to his daughter, Indira later to be a Gandhi is particularly moving and effective. The first few chapters left an especially deep impression in my mind with their description of an ancient culture that was so vast and rich.
He recounts the history of India by touching on some of the most glorious achievements down the ages. This book is truly a journey of discovery. It will be interesting to see what I think on re-reading this old jewel. As an aside, when I was in the UK, I found an original printing of this book which was inscribed in in the UK by a woman to her lover, calling India their spiritual home.
What a find! It was my gift to a friend so I can't look up the original inscription at the moment. Jan 01, Apoorva rated it it was amazing Shelves: If I had to name the most beautifully written book that I've ever read, I would choose this book in a second. When a man gifted with such intelligence and a writing style so eloquent and romantic that it enchants both the young and the old writes a book on a topic that is extensively over analyzed but barely understood, you have The Discovery of India.
Unburdened with facts and figures, it offers a perspective of the history, culture and philosophy of India that, even after half a century, is re If I had to name the most beautifully written book that I've ever read, I would choose this book in a second. Unburdened with facts and figures, it offers a perspective of the history, culture and philosophy of India that, even after half a century, is refreshing.
You need not be history buff to let this book please your senses. The opening pages are enough to assure the reader of that.
A few pages in and you understand that it is a book that will leave an impression on you. Reading Nehru's works is like looking at that old white-haired wizard. You just know you are not dealing with an ordinary man. And no, I did not complete the book. I stopped a while after the arrival of the British in India. Not even a book by Nehru can make me read non-fiction without a break. But I'm going to go ahead and rate the book anyway. The experience with the first half itself deserves a five.
I'm in no hurry to read the second half though. Someday, when the time feels right, I'll pick up the book again. Mar 19, Yogeeswar rated it it was amazing Shelves: About her there is the elusive quality of a legend long ago; some enchantment seems to have held her mind. There are terrifying glimpses of dark corridors which lead back to primeval night, but also the fullness and warmth of the day about her.
But she is very lovable, and none of About her there is the elusive quality of a legend long ago; some enchantment seems to have held her mind. What better way is there to spend time than to sit down and listen to your roots from Chacha himself. A must read for every Indian Jul 21, Frank Ashe rated it really liked it Shelves: Much more enjoyable than I expected. Sep 30, Pradeep T rated it really liked it. After re-reading it for the nth time, I have come to a conclusion that, this is by far the best book to understand the length and breadth of India from its days of "Aryadesha" to the days of "Colonized India".
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I must emphasize the very fact that, most of the contents or ideas of this book are not relevant in today's India. Despite that, this is a highly matured way of putting the things in perspective. We all might have had a second opinion on Mr. Nehru and his policies on India, but we must agr After re-reading it for the nth time, I have come to a conclusion that, this is by far the best book to understand the length and breadth of India from its days of "Aryadesha" to the days of "Colonized India".
Nehru and his policies on India, but we must agree on the fact that, he has done what he was capable of during that time. While reading this book, especially the new generation readers, must keep in mind that, this book shouldn't be juxtaposed with the present India.
The prism should be focused on the days of British India and understand what and why several things have happened, which shouldn't have happened at the first place.
Nehru, with his amazing grasp of the history had eloquently described the ups and down of India. Its not always an easy task to gaze at the vastness of Greater India by sitting in jail.
It requires tremendous amount of knowledge which Nehru had displayed in this book. They have relentlessly contributed and fought by giving priority to the nation's freedom movement by keeping their families and personal agenda aside. We all know that, India's freedom struggle was not an one man's task.
It needs a congregation of ideas, beliefs, leadership, will at large, sacrifices and so on. Our yesteryear's leaders have displayed such passion and worked to achieve the same. This book captures such amazing ideologies and struggling days of India. Nehru's quotations throughout the book is a gem of a work. In few places, one could understand the pain and struggles of India as a colonized country have gone through.
He writes Without that passion and urge, there is a gradual oozing out of hope and vitality, a settling down on lower levels of existence, a slow merging into non-existence. We become prisoners of the past and some part of its immobility sticks to us. By keeping a foot on the past glories of history and being ruled by a foreign invader is not an easy task. Nehru had constantly urged the people of the country to break those shackles and come out of it. His view of the nation to become a democratic country is evident in every page.
Setting up a democratic country when its parts of it were widely separated by princely states, and other conquering powers. They clearly had a vision for the unified India at that time. Due to several unavoidable forces, have hampered their dream that resulted in today's India and Pakistan. Some of the Nehru's ideological beliefs is quite personal and not to be taken at face value.
For example, his strong belief in the Aryan invasion theory or the Indo-Aryan civilization is not relevant today. However, given the conditions and the resources available during that time had made Nehru believed it to be true. His other belief in snubbing all the mythological stories, whether its true or not is left to the readers.
One shortcoming of this book is the praises that Nehru poured on the Moghul rulers of India. His idea of establishing a peace among the communities such as Hindu and Muslims might be the idea behind this. It is really impossible to capture the overall essence of the book in few paragraphs of this review. I highly recommend everyone to read this book, at least once. You need not to agree with Nehru's ideas or ideals or ideologies, but for sure, you would appreciate the book for its vast coverage and historical importance.
At times the readers might feel that, this book is really big or boring, but don't give it up. Read fully to understand it better.
Jun 09, Palahalli Rajesh rated it it was amazing. The history is nothing like a research material as it was intended to, primarily; ignite curiosity in a nine year old girl to know about her motherland. If you find the book bit exaggerated, forgive as it was written to make reader passionate about India. Nehru was one of the most prominent freedom fighter, whom Mahatma Gandhi referred as his soul.
The British rule always see to that he was in prison; desalinating him from people including his daughter Indira. This book was written while he was in jail; where in there was no reference books were available, even limited papers were given to him every day.
The book is full of his philosophies, ideals; socialism, secularism, and democracy, which he preached while practicing unlike hypocrites the same till his last breath. Read this book as his autobiography where in he teaching his otherwise not so knowledgeable daughter, Indira Priyadarhini, later Ms. They were letters which he might have known, while writing the mails, to reach wider audience than to his adorable child.
Today with all the luxuries of life, we struggle to be a good caring father to our children, and somehow manage to meet, but for Pt. Nehru it was as way of life. He was one of the best fathers a child can ever dreamt of.
Feb 24, Jaya rated it really liked it.
I quite find it interesting that he is so much for internationalism and he gave a good insight on india Otherwise it is a knowledgable view of India and gives a very good insight into british raj, the political atmosphere of the s and why India is as impoverished as it is now Interesting to know he does n gave a good insight into some ideas Interesting to know he does not really care much about god or religion.. I guess his country was his religion Good read Oct 19, Mattias rated it really liked it.
Jawaharlal Nehru's analysis on India. The story of Discovery of India begins from prehistory to the last years of British colonial rule; some of the greatest heroes of India are mentioned. Analyzing texts from the Vedas to the Upanishads, and epics such as the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, and personalities like the Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi, Mr. Feb 02, Nazmi Yaakub marked it as to-read.
Hampir-hampir membiarkan buku ini kerana menyangka ia adalah auotobiografi Nehru tetapi rupa-rupanya ia adalah sejarah ketamadunan di Lembah Indus dengan kedatangan kaum Aryan, Hindu, Buddha dan tentunya Islam termasuk Sultan Mahmud Ghaznawi yang dikenali awalnya melalui Maulana Rumi serta sintesis dan asimilasi kebudayaan termasuk sastera.
Buku ini mungkin dibaca berdasarkan bab terpilih. Mar 27, Kumar Ayush rated it it was amazing. It took me an awful amount of time to finish reading this. That is partly because this is a long book, partly because I am running hectic this spring, and partly because a lot of sections distracted me into daydreams and long emotional rides on the thought train.
Every Indian should read it. This book did make me realise that India, the way we know it, in its present form, with our complete southern and northeastern frontiers was envisioned by this man.
He indeed did discover India. To be comple It took me an awful amount of time to finish reading this. To be complete, he also imagined the present day Pakistan to be part of this India, but that was probably not entirely in his hands.
The book is anyway published circa , so let's leave that bit out of the discussion. It is time to see if the book achieves the objectives it sets out to achieve and judge it thus.
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I will let my earlier one-line review stand. Here goes… The following passage reflects the objective of the book. To know and understand India one has to travel far in time and space, to forget It is but folly for me to attempt to review a book so close to my heart. To know and understand India one has to travel far in time and space, to forget for a while her present condition with all its misery and narrowness and horror, and to have glimpses of what she was and what she did.
It sweeps across Indian history on very able wings and the history unfolds with irresistible drama and with the glow of a golden splendor.
India of old comes alive for the reader in all its old grandeur. But this is dazzle.
It does and it doesn't. The India glimmers and fades - reappearing every time Nehru takes an unbiased look back and disappearing every time he turns his gaze eagerly to the present. This is a minor failure and Nehru is quite aware of it. He has to go back to the vagueness he started with to end his quest: Nearly five months have gone by since I took to this writing and I have covered a thousand hand-written pages with this jumble of ideas in my mind.
For five months I have travelled in the past and peeped into the future and sometimes tried to balance myself on that 'point of intersection of the timeless with time. But there must be an end to this wandering. Nehru found them to be invaluable and incorporated them into his revisions.
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After his release, the manuscript was typed. However, he was unable to read the typed script as he plunged back into politics. His daughter, Indira, ill with mumps in Allahabad, corrected the proofs, and the first edition of the book, titled The Discovery of India, was published in by The Signet Press, Calcutta.
Read, for example, this passage about India: About her there is the elusive quality of a legend long ago; some enchantment seems to have held her mind.
She is a myth and an idea, a dream and a vision, and yet very real and present and pervasive. There are terrifying glimpses of dark corridors which lead back to primaeval night, but also the fullness and warmth of the day about her. Shameful and repellent she is occasionally, perverse and obstinate, sometimes even a little hysteric, this lady with a past. But she is very lovable, and none of her children can forget her wherever they go or whatever strange fate befalls them.
The breadth and range of topics are astounding; they range from history, religion, philosophy, art, theatre, and Indian mathematics to questions on national identity, imperialism, and internationalism.You just know you are not dealing with an ordinary man. Rating details. Tagore saw this picture as he lay dying three years ago: 'But what kind of India will they leave behind, what stark misery? Nehru it was as way of life.
Ah, the wonders we lose when geniuses go into politics.
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