A human life viewed in retrospect is an odyssey of sorts, a journey through cultures, lives, relationships and environments. To use a little more decorative language, it can be said that every life is a story that walks on two legs : always exciting and never much of a bore! Now zoom out that viewing lens a little bit and lets look at a town, then a village and lets go farther By the time a human being says goodbye to this World, he or she would have gone through a varied amount of experiences. It is a multitude of stories and if we were to borrow a statement from that grand old Greek named Aristotle, then the sum of all these parts is greater than the whole of humanity. Rewind these stories to the dawn of mankind and your book of stories start overflowing. The whole idea of this book is to capture the march of humanity centered around Asia from the first group of hunter gatherer humans to the time of WWII.

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Meanwhile, , he was inspired by the historical stories of Bhagawat Sharan Upadhyay. Later he wrote 20 short stories while imprisoned in Hazaribagh Central Jail for taking part in Indian independence movement.

The first Bengali translation was published in Although all the 20 stories are independent, the sequence in which they are arranged nevertheless serves a very important purpose.

Here one can find a gradual transformation from a matriarchal society the first two stories to a patriarchal one the rest , a gradual change from freedom to slavery, from acceptance of slavery to its loathing and the likes. If one is to believe Sankrityayan, then an apprehension for technological advancement is nothing new. People were wary of the newly better armament which was fast replacing the older stone equipment fourth story — "Puruhoot" Tajikistan BC.

The same story tells how an arms race was started during that period and how southerners amassed great wealth at the expense of the northerners.

The sixth story, "Angira" Taxila BC , is about a man who wants to save the Aryan race from losing its identity to other races by teaching about their true culture precursor to Vedic Rishis. The eighth story Pravahan BC.

Panchala , U. One can see how easily and frequently the Indians, the mid easterners and the Greeks mingled with each other in the times of Chanakya and Alexander by reading the tenth story Nagdatt, which is about a philosopher classmate of Chanakya who travels to Persia and Greece and learns how Athens fell to Macedonia. Baba Noordeen , the 15th story is about the rise of Sufism. The seventeenth story Rekha Bhagat is about the barbarous rule of the East India company and the anarchy it brought to parts of India.

The last story "Sumer", is about a man who goes on to fight the Japanese because he wants Soviet Russia to triumph, for this nation according to him is the only hope left for humanity. About the author[ edit ] Rahul Sankrityayan was greatly influenced by Marxist ideas. This influence can be easily felt in the last three stories. Mangal Singh the protagonist in 18th story personally knows Marx and Engels and is amazed how Marx knows so much about India.

He explains to Anne, his beloved, how Science is indispensable to India but unfortunately the Indians put faith above it. He goes on to fight the Britishers in the uprising with a strict code of conduct. Also the dynamical view of life which is at the centre of Buddhist philosophy can be seen. One more characteristic feature that deserves mention here is the simplicity of language. There are no pointless linguistic decorations here. The author instantly gets to the point just like Voltaire with Candide.



Feshicage Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Although all the 20 stories are independent, the sequence in which they are arranged nevertheless serves a very important purpose. Use dmy dates from April Books with missing cover Articles containing Hindi-language text. At this time the society is of matriarchal nature so the story is named after a female head of the family.





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