In this collection of essays the author re-examines available evidence relating to various events in the history of the Indian sub-continent, shedding new light on old problems. With his original handling of existing data he convincingly points out subtle weaknesses in the received wisdom relating to the location and chronology of certain historical events as reflected in modern textbooks.
A sampling of the essay titles best conveys the wide range of material analysed:
- The Aryans, the Domesticated Horse and the Spoked Chariot-wheel
- Rama, Ravana, Lanka: Legitimate Reconstructions and Dubious Speculations
- The Time of Kalidasa
- Hiuen Tsang on the Time of the Imperial Guptas.