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The Ocean of Churn

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Much of human history has played itself out along the rim of the Indian Ocean. In a first-of-its-kind attempt, bestselling author Sanjeev Sanyal tells the history of this significant region, which stretches across East Africa, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent to South East Asia and Australia. He narrates a fascinating tale about the earliest human migrations out of Africa and the great cities of Angkor and Vijayanagar; medieval Arab empires and Chinese ‘treasure fleets’; the rivalries of European colonial powers and a new dawn. Sanjeev explores remote archaeological sites, ancient inscriptions, maritime trading networks and half-forgotten oral histories, to make exciting revelations. In his inimitable style, he draws upon existing and new evidence to challenge well-established claims about famous historical characters and the flow of history. Adventurers, merchants, explorers, monks, swashbuckling pirates, revolutionaries and warrior princesses populate this colourful and multifaceted narrative. The Ocean of Churn takes the reader on an amazing journey through medieval geopolitics and eyewitness accounts of long-lost cities to the latest genetic discoveries about human origins, bringing alive a region that has defined civilization from the very beginning.

    BOOK, 324 pages
    Published 10-08-2016
  • Original Title : The Ocean of Churn
  • Genre : Literary Collections
  • ISBN : 9386057611 (ISBN13: 9789386057617)
  • Language : en
  • User assigned genres : History, Ancient Indian History, Indian Subcontinent, Medieval Indian History, Geography
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ABOUT Sanjeev Sanyal
Sanjeev Sanyal

Sanjeev Sanyal is the Principal Economic Advisor to the Government of India. An internationally acclaimed economist and best-selling author, he spent two decades in the financial sector and was Global Strategist & Managing Director at Deutsche Bank till 2015. He was named Young Global Leader by the ... more


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Avatans rated it
January 07, 2020
The Ocean of Churn is an excellent book, a must read for all ages. It packs a lot of information in 262 pages and covers a lot in terms of timespan of history. It is a fun book to read in general. However, some sections are hard to read. For example, The Apocalypse in Merchants, Temples, and Rice chapter was traumatic because of the devastation, destruction, genocide, etc. it describes. Book is easy to follow due to its simple language. It should be used as a textbook and be made available in all Indian languages.
Anand Rai rated it
December 02, 2019
I am not a history student, this is something I started doing because I genuinely wanted to know things about my country, my people and how we are the way we are today. The Ocean of Churn did a fine job explaining many things which happened at the coasts of India, South East Asia, Australia, middle east and africa. Why some societies in the world have Matrilineal cultures while others don't. What role did climate & ocean play in the development of such societies? Spices weren't the only thing happening from India to Europe and Vaso-de-gama didn ... more
Arjun Anand rated it
July 23, 2019
Although I love reading history, but the story kind of narration of Sanjeev makes it thousand times more fun. Most importantly, the sea-coast centric book enlightens the reader about the much neglected parts of our history by conventional Marxist Historians.
Vaibhav rated it
June 15, 2019
A very unique kind of book by one of my most favourite authors Mr Sanjeev Sanyal. Carries the same exciting narrative style of The Land of Seven Rivers. The Indian Ocean, only ocean named after a country could be a subject of such a fascinating book is something I never thought of. His books are among the 'Must Reads' of 21st century Indian reader.
Abhishek rated it
February 16, 2019
For quite some time I’ve wanted to read a book which would give an accurate and vivid description of how civilization came to be, especially around the Indian subcontinent. Few people could tell the story in such a concise manner as has the author, as we wade through the origin of Homo Sapiens right up to the bustling cosmopolitan 21st-century behemoth that the area has now become. Choosing to focus on how the Indian Ocean has been “churning” civilization, is what makes this book stand out. When we read history, we focus a lot on wars a ... more


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