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Modern South India
Rajmohan Gandhi, Ramachandra Guha
The sounds and flavours of the land south of the Vindhyas – temple bells, coffee and jasmine, coconut and tamarind, delicious dosas and appams – are familiar to many, but its history is relatively unknown. In this monumental study, the first in over fifty years, historian and biographer Rajmohan Gandhi brings us the South Indian story in modern times. At heart, the story he tells is one of four powerful cultures – Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu, as well as the cultures – Kodava, Konkani, Marathi, Oriya, Tulu and indigenous- that have influenced them.
A historian and biographer, Rajmohan Gandhi divides his time between India and the United States, where he teaches at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His latest book is Modern South India: A History from the 17th Century to Our Times. Other books by him include Understanding the Muslim Mind (1987); Rajaji: A Life (1996); Mohandas: The Man, his People and the Empire (2007); Punjab: A History from Aurangzeb to Mountbatten (2013); Patel: A Life (1990); and Understanding the Founding Fathers: An Enquiry into the Beginnings of the Republic (2016). In the 1990s he served as a member of the Rajya Sabha.
Ramachandra Guha is a historian and biographer. He has taught at the universities of Yale and Stanford, held the Arné Naess Chair at the University of Oslo, and been the Indo-American Community Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley. His books and essays have been translated into more than twenty languages. In 2009, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the Republic of India’s third highest civilian honour.