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Much of human history has played itself out along the rim of the Indian Ocean In a first of its kind attempt bestselling author Sanjeev Sanyal tells the history of this significant region which stretches across East Africa the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent to South East Asia and Australia He narrates a fascinating tale about the earliest human migrations out of Africa and the great cities of Angkor and Vijaya. I did hope to be impressed which unfortunately I wasn t while reading this one I did hope to find some intensive if not extensive history of the diasporic movement around and across the Indian Ocean what I did get was a uick tour of the region and those beyond it spreading across centuries and civilizations right from the Prehistoric times to the recent pastI did hope to read of those unknown sailors pirates local merchants lascars what I gotwell I did not get what the author had hinted in his first chapter This still appeared to be a narrative from the top not of the subalternsHaving said that if you want to know about the whats and whos without being bogged down by conjectures and analysis or theories then go for this bookOhh and I am definitely going to check out the references from which the author has cited a lot of information in the book

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W of history Adventurers merchants explorers monks swashbuckling pirates revolutionaries and warrior princesses populate this colourful and multifaceted narrativeThe Ocean of Churn takes the reader on an amazing journey through medieval geopolitics and eyewitness accounts of long lost cities to the latest genetic discoveries about human origins bringing alive a region that has defined civilization from the very beginni. 255 For the most part it read like a school textbook too much information of dates and names cramped into few pages with urgency More of information than on insightsanalysis Also felt a lack of continuity and depth

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Nagar; medieval Arab empires and Chinese ‘treasure fleets’; the rivalries of European colonial powers and a new dawnSanjeev explores remote archaeological sites ancient inscriptions maritime trading networks and half forgotten oral histories to make exciting revelations In his inimitable style he draws upon existing and new evidence to challenge well established claims about famous historical characters and the flo. Being a regular reader of the history I was fascinated by this book by the author Sanjeev Sanyal Having read his previous book Land of the Seven Rivers I was all eager to read this new book In his previous book he talked about the seven important rivers of India including the mighty Saraswati River The Land of seven rivers was summed up in one line as Seven Rivers Sapth Sindhu One Country Five Millennia Startling History Asian histories have been rendered in a biased manner since time immemorial As a famous saying that goes until an animal has its own history the history of the hunting will always glorify the hunter If we take any history curriculum in Indian education system we can read leaps and bounds of Mughul Empire the British regime the Sultanates and such similar accounts Unfortunately we won t be able to read the histories of Cholas Pandyas Pallavas in greater detail and their glories have been limited to few pages here and there This book one of a kind in its genre breaks that stupor and gives us a riveting account of how the Indian Ocean has shaped the human history Indian Ocean is itself a big mystery It holds many unresolved or undiscovered history that is hidden deep into its core Author Sanjeev Sanyal tried to uncover this in this vast researched and well articulated book and succeeded in satiating his readersThe book opens up by a fascinating tale of how the Pallava dynasty has traced an heir to their Kingdom when the erstwhile King Parameshwara Verman II died in 731 CE A delegation of Brahmin scholars which travelled across the Indian Ocean to the far ends of Cambodia and got back an heir that traced his roots to the Pallava dynasty from five long generations ago Thus the reign of Nandi Verman II has started Sanjeev Sanyal views this history as Complex Adaptive System Given his background in Economics where he considers multiple factors act upon a system to determine the direction it takes From Harrappan times Indians have been trading with the world in many ways Maritime trading is the major aspect during those times when land routes were hardly discovered The powerful Chola king Rajendra Chola made a naval attack on the Sri Vijaya Kingdom of Sumatra by 1025 is one such example Chola Empire was one of the powerful empires in the entire South Asia region during that time There were a major geo political economic alliances or rivalries between Indians Chinese and the Sri Vijaya Kingdom Kerala being the hub of the maritime trade have witnessed a vast amount of geo political economic tradeoffs As a testimony to those even today in Kerala we have the world s second Mosue and India s first mosue Cheraman Perumal Mosue built by the king Cherman Perumal by the orders of Mohammed the prophet himself in 629 AD We also get to see the memorial of St Thomas doubting Thomas fame a disciple of Jesus who visited Kerala via sea route Read the full review here


10 thoughts on “Ocean of Churn

  1. says:

    A thoroughly enjoyable voyage across the Indian Ocean with Sanjeev Sanyal Sanyal has clearly gone from strength to strength since his last work and his command over the narrative and engagement of the reader is admirable now A challenging task is taken up here since the sweep of time and geography to be covered in a short book like this is ambitious to say the least Sanyal pulls it off uite handsomely it has to be said e

  2. says:

    How come the fossil remains of marine animals have been found in Himalayas?How come we can see oriental faces in the engravings by Pallavas? Why did Vasco Da Gama worshipped in a Hindu Temple when he set his foot

  3. says:

    I did hope to be impressed which unfortunately I wasn't while reading this one I did hope to find some intensive if not extensive history of the diasporic movement around and across the Indian Ocean what I did get was a uick tour of the region and those beyond it spreading across centuries and civilizations right from the Prehistori

  4. says:

    The author of this book Sanjeev Sanyal makes a credible statement on an obvious shortcoming with a majority of historic nar

  5. says:

    Being a regular reader of the history I was fascinated by this book by the author Sanjeev Sanyal Having read his previous book Land of the Seven Rivers I was all eager to read this new book In his previous book he talked about the seven important rivers of India including the mighty Saraswati River The Land of seven rivers was summed up in

  6. says:

    Another brilliant book by Sanjeev Sanyal

  7. says:

    The best thing about this book is the focus on South India Indian History is far too Delhi centric and it is good that an emminental readable and well studied account of the South is now presented The author has a knack of combining the studies of Geography and History and the book does not disappoint one bit W

  8. says:

    There aren’t many books which make you feel thankful that you came across them The Ocean of Churn by Sanjeev Sanyal is

  9. says:

    255 For the most part it read like a school textbook too much information of dates and names cramped into few pages with urgency More of information than on insightsanalysis Also felt a lack of continuity and depth

  10. says:

    An interesting read about the maritime history surrounding the Indian ocean The author has done a great job exploring the means how the trade right since the Harappan Era has shaped the civilizations in and around the Indian Ocean He also chal

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