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The Discovery of India
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The Discovery of India [Paperback]

Jawaharlal Nehru
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1 February 2008

About The Book

The Discovery of India was written by India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. The book, Discovery of India, was written by Nehru when he was imprisoned in 1942-1946 at Ahmednagar in the Ahmednagar fort. This book is a product of Nehru's four years of solitude time in prison and his love for the country. Being one of the most respected books in country coming from one of the most respected national leaders and freedom fighters, this book shows to the world the greatness of the nation India.

Jawaharlal Nehru was imprisoned for his participation in one of the freedom movements during the British Era of India-Quit India movement. Upon spending his time in jail for revolting against British government, Nehru decided to utilize his time in creating a book. The book speaks of the rich tradition, history, culture and philosophy of India, from the eyes of a patriotic Indian fighting for the country's freedom. in this book, Nehru argues that India is a historic nation and so it has every right to remain independent.

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru attempts to study the history of India by starting from the Indus Valley Civilization. Nehru then moves on to cover the country's history from the arrival of Aryans till the rule of India by the British Empire. Jawaharlal Nehru says that India in the past was governed with peace and harmony prevailing and after the interruption of outside forces the society got corrupted. He also explains in depth about the philosophies of India.

Pouring his love and affection for the country and using his knowledge about its history, Nehru crafted an elegant collection of the values of his country. The edition is published in paperback, on 1st February, 2008.

Key Features

  • The book was written when Nehru was imprisoned for the Quit India movement.
  •  The 53-episodes television series Bharat Ek Khoj is based on this book.

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About the Author

About the Author: Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru is the first Prime Minister of India. He is one of the prominent political figures and freedom fighters in the country. Nehru was born on 14 November 1889 and died on 27 May 1964. His birthday was announced as Children's day in India, due to his love for children. He is the son of Motilal Nehru.

Product details

  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin India; New edition (1 February 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143031031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143031031
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.5 x 5.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book but a long read 4 April 2014
I'd say this book is good for someone who is in college. Needs the time and effort to read it as it is a long read (as well as intense at times). Nehru-ji impresses the reader with the breadth of his knowledge - both of India and the world. I wish at times he explained what those phrases in French meant ! He makes a compelling case of why the reader should be proud of India's culture and heritage. With ample examples, he brings that out very well. At times though, it feels repetitive to hear his arguments for how the British rule has spoiled the economy but he backs all those with facts. It is not jingoism when you express how superior the country is as long as the statements are scientific and fact-based. Talking of which, his penchant for scientific inquiry stuck me the most. I wish the countrymen (especially all politicians of his day) shared that.

Liked: his fact-based, scientific inquiry of India's history & his pride at being an India
Dislikes: some arguments repeated multiple times & the minor French references :)

Overall, worth reading.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Right Gift at Right time 28 July 2013
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The book that my father seeking for long is ultamately available on Amazone & that too at best deal & handsome discount. It was a perfect gift for my father on his 86th B day as being Nehru follower in his young age when Rashtriya Seva Dal (RSD) was active in full force & he was heading a section in NSD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks 29 December 2013
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always wanted to buy this book and it was amazingly priced at amazon, good quality paper and printing. satisfied a lot.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Indian History by Nehru 12 October 2013
By Manish
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A must read book to discover India.
Very nice book.
Work of vivid history that seems to biography of the Nation.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect book for young family 19 August 2013
By Felix
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We are in early 30s and this book is a must for our young library! Albeit written in 1940s and perspective almost 7 decades older, this is a superb book.
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