“India Was One” by An Indian

When India was one, her myriad peoples and cultures lived in a state of blissful harmony, blissfully unaware of each other. The country’s great ancient epics, the Ramayana and Mahabharata, are the story of the Bharata race, a single ethnic group that ruled the subcontinent and from which modern Indians are descended. Led by their great leader, Lord Rama, they defeated all comers in battle, earning the title “chakravartin” (universal emperor).

To understand what it is like to be an Indian, you have to look back into history, to the time that “India was one.” This is the last time the country was united under a single ruler, and this is the time period that is explored in this book. It starts with a discussion of the history of the Indian subcontinent, then moves on to the class structure, religion, and how the country was governed. It touches on the class structure, the caste system, and the tolerance of other religions.

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Editorial Reviews


In India Was One, the author provides the reader with an inside view of the culture. It is at once informative, exotic and thought provoking.  –SmashwordsI think the oft-repeated cliché is the most apt to describe this tendency of Indians, that you can take an Indian out of India but not India out of an Indian.  –India PostReading India Was One, was like entering through a hidden portal, the reader is introduced to the rich heritage of India –Smashwords

From the Back Cover

…Suddenly, he saw something shiny at the bottom of the abyss. He squinted his eyes to see what it was. He ran back to his binoculars and turned them to see what it was. Sharp barbed wires that separated the two mountains came into focus. He had come as far as he could in his country. But she was standing in another country.

He was in South India and she was in North India…

Have you ever imagined India being divided into two countries? What happens to the millions of Indians who are from South India but are now residing in North India? Kaahi & Jai were two such people who got trapped in this situation. Everything was going smoothly for them and suddenly, their world turned upside down.

How will they get together? Will India become one again?

Take an exciting journey with them from their college days in Mumbai to their life in the US and back to India when they find out that India is divided. 

About the Author

The author was born and raised in Mumbai, India. He came to the US in 1989 to New York. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. —

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