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India: Mother of many civilizations

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A well-known columnist, author and sought-after speaker for academic conferences, Niranjan Shah has recently come out with a new remarkable book titled "Indian Origins of Ancient Civilizations". For several years Mr. Shah has been known to his thousands of avid readers as ‘Grandpa’ who dispensed forgotten history of India through his popular weekly column ‘A letter From Grandpa’ which appeared in India Tribune newspaper. This book is a sort of crystallization of them and reflects his painstaking research and hard work.

There is a bibliography of 120 books and articles from around the world for this slim book of only 140 pages. In the book, this scholar of Vedanta and pre-Christ era has extensively drawn on these sources to prove his various points. At times, the book appears to be a collection of quotations, but Shah, a practicing engineer of several decades, has used his analytical mind to weave different references, rather than his own narration, to avoid any conflict, I guess, to stack before us insurmountable evidence of ‘Indian Origins of World Civilizations’.

There is a wealth of information in this book, which will make any Indian proud of their scientifically based and technologically advanced ancient past. The book spells out how Egyptian, Sumerian, Greek, Chinese, and American civilizations, among others, emerged from the Indian cradle. There is lot more to ‘History of India and its Civilization’ than what is doled out by some dogmatic, biased western academicians in the name of ‘World History’ where everything began more or less with them and their advances.

The author uses language that is fluid and simple to understand in spite of its complex subject. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, especially to second generation NRIs who want to know India’s real heritage.

Swami Viditatmanand of Arsh Vidya Gurukulam has endorsed the book at a recent release of the book. Last month, New York State Senator Thomas Libous presented a special ‘Proclamation’ honoring Niranjan Shah for this ‘Historic’ book. The book is available on Amazon, otehr major retailers, "Arsh Vidya Gurukul" or through the author himself at [email protected].

 

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