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Time Pieces: A Whistle-Stop Tour of Ancient India
Nayanjot Lahiri

Classification : History
Pub Date : Oct 25, 2018
Imprint : Hachette India
Page Extent : 240
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9789351952473
Price : 399

About the book

There are many missing pieces in the jigsaw puzzle that is ancient India, but those we have yield a rich tapestry.’

The oldest surviving love graffiti on a cave wall immortalizing an intimate bond in the third century BCE; charred seeds and chewed animal bones that provide evidence of a peoples’ food obsessions; architectural minutiae that point to the alarming regression of a civilization’s potty habits; intriguing sculptures that reveal myriad facets of the human–animal relationship…

In Time Pieces, award-winning historian Nayanjot 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 us our ancient land in all its variety, splendour, complexity and contradictions.

Sparkling with wit and reflective of a scholar’s keen and curious energy, this delightful volume seamlessly connects the past to the present and a civilization to the world beyond.


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