India lives in many centuries. Discover the majesty and sweep of India's rich cultural and historical heritage, replete with the people, events and places that have contributed the chequered mosaic of India's past. Featured in this exquisite book, India Then and Now gives rare and never-before-seen vintage photographs from some of the finest collections across the world.
The vibrant and ever-changing cultural landscape of contemporary India is also featured in a series of photographs, showcasing the multifaceted, kaleidoscopic present. The timeless past lives amidst fast-paced, cutting-edge change.
Modernity and tradition co-exist in the most endearing and surprising of places. India Then & Now, uniquely designed as two books in one, is a visual feast of India.
About the Authors:
Rudrangshu Mukherjee was educated at Presidency College, Kolkata, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and St. Edmund Hall, Oxford. He was awarded a D.Phil in Modern History by the University of Oxford in 1981. He has taught History at the University of Calcutta and held visiting appointments at Princeton University, the University of Manchester and the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is author of Awadh in Revolt 1857-58: A Study of Popular Resistance (Delhi, 1984, repr. 2002) and Spectre of Violence: The 1857 Kanpur Massacres (Delhi, 1998). He has also edited The Penguin Gandhi Reader (Delhi, 1993) and the Art of Bengal: A Vision Defined, 1955-75 (Kolkata, 2003). He is the co-editor of Trade and Politics and the Indian Ocean World: Essays in Honour of Ashin Das Gupta (Delhi, 1998). He is now editor, editorial pages, The Telegraph.
Vir Sanghvi, one of India's leading journalists, is currently the Editorial Director of The Hindustan Times. Educated at Mayo College, Ajmer and Oxford University, Sanghvi was only 22 when he became the founder-editor of Bombay magazine. Apart from serious political essays he also writes a popular weekly column on food and drink. At present, he divides his time between print and television media and anchors a number of successful television programmes. Cover Image (by Amit Pasricha): In India, street theatre is a popular form of educating and entertaining the public. Bright costumes and make-up, as seen in this street play in rural Tamil Nadu, South India, attract a larger crowd.