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Discover the people and traditions of one of the most dynamic countries in the world. Discover the rich diversity of the world's most populous democracy in this stunning guide. Witness the beauty of the Taj Mahal, learn how India gained its independence, discover the splendor of the Mughal dynasty, and much, much more.
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Overview

Discover the people and traditions of one of the most dynamic countries in the world. Discover the rich diversity of the world's most populous democracy in this stunning guide. Witness the beauty of the Taj Mahal, learn how India gained its independence, discover the splendor of the Mughal dynasty, and much, much more.
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Children's Literature
In many classrooms and libraries "Eyewitness Books" have come to mean reliably documented and thoroughly researched nonfiction titles on a range of subjects of interest to young readers. This book carries on the tradition. From details about the pietra dura work in the Taj Mahal to Robert Clive's contemptuous dismissal of the inhabitants of Bengal, the history of the subcontinent is covered in the first half of the book, in the trademark Eyewitness combination of text and sumptuous photo-illustration. Village and urban life, art and sculpture, traditional crafts, fabrics and jewelry, are aspects of material culture covered here. They are presented in a manner that exemplifies the diversity of traditions and customs prevalent across the country. Literary, musical and dance traditions follow, with an easy transition to the one-of-a-kind, quintessentially Indian movie industry. Illustrations are selected with care and a concern for focusing interest—for instance, Jayalalitha the "towering" politician in contrast to the dwarfed pedestrians in a southern urban scene is bound to provoke both questions from young readers unfamiliar with the context, and a smile from those in the know! The obligatory food and fauna pages sacrifice diversity to the constraints of space, although even here specificity to region is pointed out wherever possible. It is also nice to see the "curry" myth laid to rest. Ancient tradition and modern innovation combine in the pages on science and technology, and medicine. The photograph of the traditionally dressed astrologer casting a horoscope on a laptop is a sight to behold! The sections on religions, festivals and rites feel a little hurried, but on the whole, thisbook packs a wealth of information into its 64 pages and is a keeper. Index and photo credits are included. 2002, DK Publishing,
— Uma Krishnaswami
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Exquisite photographs and concise information introduce readers to the history, traditions, and culture of this nation. Two-page overviews tackle a spectrum of topics from the first civilizations through the impact of technology on today's society. Each section includes a paragraph of information and numerous, colorful photographs and reproductions with informative captions. While none of the topics are covered in any real depth, the book will provide an inviting introduction and visual transport to the country with pictures of city and village life, the arts, "Mouthwatering cuisine," and more. However, readers interested in female adornment may be disappointed not to find any explanation of bindi or menudi. Nonetheless, this book will be a useful addition.-Alida F. Given, Marietta Johnson School of Organic Learning, Fairhope, AL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789489715
  • Publisher: DK
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Series: DK Eyewitness Books Series
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.86 (w) x 11.38 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents

A diverse land 6
The first great civilizations 8
The land of the Buddha 10
Two ancient empires 12
Conflicts in the north 14
Kingdoms of the south 16
The great Mughals 18
The Taj Mahal 20
Arrival of the Europeans 22
The British Raj 24
The struggle for freedom 26
Free India 28
Life in the village 30
Big cities 32
Art & sculpture 34
Traditional craftwork 36
Fabrics & weaves 38
Jewelry 40
The literary tradition 42
Music 44
Classical dance 46
Cinema & theater 48
Mouthwatering cuisine 50
Animal kingdom 52
Science & technology 54
Medicine & healing 56
Religion & beliefs 58
Rites & rituals 60
Festivals 62
Index 64
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2009

    Good collection of Indian History and culture

    This book has great collection of pictures from different part of Indian culture and religions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2004

    Good pictorial book about India's tradition

    it is a good pictorial book for children to know about the tradition and arts of India. Could have been better by putting more detailed description of Hindu temples and art and by removing the marginal Mogul structures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2003

    Entertaining but historically controversial

    Nice book that skims the surface of the richness and diversity of India's cultural heritage. Particularly disappointing is the reference to the 'Aryan Invasion' from 'Central Asia', a theory that dates back to colonial times and that has been disproved.

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