The history of india told through the lives of 50 phenomenal people. In incarnations sunil khilnani fills that space bringing to life fifty extraordinary men and women who changed both india and the world journeying across india in pursuit of their stories visiting slum temples ayurvedic call centers bollywood studios textile mills and mughal fortresses khilnani offers trenchant portraits of emperors warriors philosophers artists iconoclasts and entrepreneurs. The guardian back to home incarnations india in 50 lives by sunil khilnani incarnations indian in 50 lives is published by allen lane . Incarnations is an ambitious project to pen down small essays on 50 indian lives which shaped india and selecting the 50 from the thousands of lives that has shaped the history of this country is no easy task out of the 50 lives spoken i knew about more that 70 of them. Yet as sunil khilnani argues in incarnations india in 50 lives it also sprang from more political motives in a nation where yoga is viewed as much in spiritual as in physical terms these motives in turn can be traced back to one of modis heroes a hindu monk born in kolkata in 1863 called swami vivekananda
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