By Charles Allen
Coromandel was once the identify given through eu investors to India's south-eastern seaboard, a corruption of the Tamil Cholamandalam, after the temple-building Chola kings who governed the southern peninsula for hundreds of years ahead of the Islamic invasions.
Indian historical past has a tendency to target Northern India, yet Coromandel will trip south, exploring the fewer famous, frequently overlooked and extremely diverse background and identification of the oldest India within the pre-Aryan Dravidian south. hugely acclaimed historian Charles Allen explores the mind-blowing Buddhist and Jain civilisations that flourished all alongside India's japanese seaboard earlier than Hinduism turned the validated religion.
In Coromandel, Allen maintains his research into early Indian background, began in Ashoka. At each one aspect in his trip during the Indian south he meets neighborhood historians, authorities, politicians and different vibrant personalities, and with their aid uncovers a few amazing tales concerning the prior. this can be a traveller's story, and as Allen strikes via modern India, he discovers as a lot in regards to the current as he does in regards to the past.
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