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India Treasures : An Epic Novel of Rajasthan and Northern India through the Ages Paperback – June 15, 2001
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"An order of magnitude better than most of the fiction we see for review. Exciting even to our jaded taste." -- Rowse Reviews, August 16, 2002
"Spellbinding and thought-provoking entertainment." -- Tacoma News Tribune, February 10, 2002
"Worthington has wonderfully captured the mystique and adventure-soaked atmosphere of Rajasthan, with its golden forts and the awe-inspiring desert." -- The Statesman, New Delhi, 20 October 2002
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I am from India and a voracious reader of all types of books (including the aforementioned Rutherford and Michener), and I am unusually critical of those that write about India and don't have their books ring true. I initially picked up the book with the feeling that it might be amusing, but probably wouldn't be terribly accurate. Mr Worthington has exceeded even Indian authors on the accuracy front: his names ring true, the language rings true (including the use of Indian words: for example he makes the fine distinction between jauhar and sati), and the characters ring true. M.M. Kaye (the author of The Far Pavilions) lived in India for many years, and yet got the shade of meanings of some Indian words wrong, while as I read Mr Worthington's India Treasures I felt that a fellow Indian had written it.
Mr Worthington's best achievement, though, is that he has rooted the main story in present times, with historical stories that have a link to the main story. While each can be read separately, the book is best enjoyed in sequence, as this generates in the reader an accurate picture of how modern India evolved into the complex society that it is today, with the myriad external influences combining and sythesizing with internal realities.
My highest praise, though, would be reserved for the language and the manner in which Mr Worthington tells the story. He plunges the reader without delay into an intriguing situation and a wonderful story. Those who are captivated by books such as ...Read more ›
complex and exciting world of present day India. The historical chapters read as separate stories while the present day chapters are an ongoing novel within a novel. I found this book difficult to put down and enjoyable to read. The chapter with the battle on elephants featuring Emperor Ashoka made me feel like I was right in the middle. I could smell and feel the battle scenes. I reccomend it for anyone who is searching for a greater understanding of India or just a good read.
The book begins during a tax raid on the family of a former maharaja in the 1970s. While the taxmen are attempting to find riches and treasures the maharaja has neglected to declare, they travel about the estate and the village to archeaological digs and other sites that have played into history. From the modern surroundings you are transported into a historical setting and the lives of those who lived then. The first story is that of an eleven year old girl and her family during the time the invaders from the North swept through. The stories go back and forth between modern times and the past, inter-weaving glimpses of the one area and how history has molded it. Social status and caste are also brought up, both in the context of current life and in history.
This is a wonderful introduction to Indian history and makes the reader want to learn more about it. It would be a good book to read on the airplane if you were traveling to see some of the historical places mentioned. Although I read the book during the flights for a business trip, the layout would make it easy to put down and return to later. It was an entertaining read, and I look forward to the sequel being published.
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I bought this book because I needed help in comprehending the history of northern India (especially Rajasthan) before making a trip there. This book filled the bill. Read morePublished 22 months ago by tennesshu
This is a book to savor. Just take your time and enjoy it. There's a variety of stories throughout and a modern day (1975) story that connects them all. Read morePublished on November 4, 2013 by hereswhatithink
I had never been to India when I was asked to do a short consultancy in Delhi. I decided to add a few days so I could at least tour Delhi and visit Jaipur and Agra as well. Read morePublished on April 6, 2012 by N. C. Jewell
My husband and I purchased both "India Treasures" and "India Fortune" by Gary Worthington from Amazon, but didn't read them until after returning from India. Read morePublished on March 12, 2012 by Gloria F. Strait
Gary Worthington's India Treasures and India Fortunes are two great historical novels that transport you into ancient times. Read morePublished on March 9, 2010 by fredbyte
The history and detail of Indian culture that is in this book is incredible. The author is able to educate the reader without it sounding as if you're reading and encyclopedia. Read morePublished on May 18, 2009 by hchatter
Title: India Treasure; An Epic Novel of Rajasthan and Northern India through the Ages
Author: Gary Worthington
Published By: Time Bridges Publishers
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