[PDF/EBOOK] The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories


10 thoughts on “[PDF/EBOOK] The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories

  1. says: [PDF/EBOOK] The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories Sidin Vadukut ç 6 Free download

    Sidin Vadukut ç 6 Free download [PDF/EBOOK] The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories A myth is far truer than a history for a history only gives a story of the shadows whereas a myth gives a story of the sub

  2. says: [PDF/EBOOK] The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories Free download ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ç Sidin Vadukut Review The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories

    Free download ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ç Sidin Vadukut Sidin Vadukut ç 6 Free download [PDF/EBOOK] The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories History it turns out is far complicated and interesting than it looksLet me begin this review with a disclaimer before I'm accused of bias None of the praise that might be directed towards this book stems from the admiration I have for Mr Vadukut's columns travelogues in Mint where he's an editor and none of the criticisms I might point out are influenced by my dislike of the extravagance that Indulge isBefo

  3. says: [PDF/EBOOK] The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories Free download ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ç Sidin Vadukut

    [PDF/EBOOK] The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories Dinanath Batra your move I somehow don't like Sidin Maybe because I found his Dork painfully unfunny or maybe because he didn't reply to me on Twitter once But I find him overrated As an author I still like his tweets So I was not planning on

  4. says: [PDF/EBOOK] The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories

    [PDF/EBOOK] The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories Though I was burned by the Dork book which I had to abandon I picked this one up because I thought the podcasts on Indian history were really good and filled a gap But it was a mistake I can think of hundred things wrong with this book starti

  5. says: Review The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories Free download ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ç Sidin Vadukut Sidin Vadukut ç 6 Free download

    Sidin Vadukut ç 6 Free download Free download ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ç Sidin Vadukut [PDF/EBOOK] The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories I post this review with great trepidation for it seems most people have given the book rave reviewsI'd picked up The Sceptical Patriot with a lot of hope I thought the book would probably debunk a lot of myths that a typical

  6. says: Review The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories [PDF/EBOOK] The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories

    [PDF/EBOOK] The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories Review The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories Actually my problems with this book are manyfoldACould have definitely been shorterA lot of gibberish is added to make it lengthier and the book could have easily been around a 100 pages shortBAfter reading the whole bookI don't feel any wiser or informed about the India facts discussed in the bookIt is a popular and intelligent formula which the author has cooked up for this bookIt is to google extensively about a pa

  7. says: [PDF/EBOOK] The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories Sidin Vadukut ç 6 Free download Free download ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ç Sidin Vadukut

    [PDF/EBOOK] The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories If you've ever received WhatsApp forwards or seen posts on social media extolling the virtues of ancient Indians and urging you to b

  8. says: [PDF/EBOOK] The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories

    [PDF/EBOOK] The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories Sidin Vadukut has found his niche methinks And boy has he nailed it Sidin’s The Sceptical Patriot is a racy fun read Writing non fiction is easy and tough at once It is easy because unlike fiction you needn’t design characters plot and story arcs It is tough because to make it engaging you need to move mountains Bill B

  9. says: [PDF/EBOOK] The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories Sidin Vadukut ç 6 Free download Free download ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ç Sidin Vadukut

    Free download ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ç Sidin Vadukut [PDF/EBOOK] The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories Sidin Vadukut ç 6 Free download The author's inimitable style of writing does make this book a breezy readTo read on BrahmaguptaTaxilaPersepolis and other such esoteric topics without yawning itself shows what the author has done hereYettwo major complaints1The author has g

  10. says: [PDF/EBOOK] The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories

    [PDF/EBOOK] The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories The articulation is unconventional and so is the approach to revisiting some historical events The author has the courage to term the legal system in India as uncommonly inefficient He goes on to add that For most Indians courts are bottomless pits of misery where you only go when you want to make sure that your law suit never achieves closure He doesn't even spare his own clan the journalists In the mind of Indian public journali

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Review The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories

Sidin Vadukut ç 6 Free download Free download ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ç Sidin Vadukut Review The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories India A land where history myth and email forwards have come together to create a sense of a glorious past that is awe inspiringand also kind of dubious But that is what happens when your future is uncertain and your present is kind o. History it turns out is far complicated and interesting than it looksLet me begin this review with a disclaimer before I m accused of bias None of the praise that might be directed towards this book stems from the admiration I have for Mr Vadukut s columns travelogues in Mint where he s an editor and none of the criticisms I might point out are influenced by my dislike of the extravagance that Indulge isBefore you start wondering what that was all about let me clarify right away The Sceptical Patriot is very much a book about bias the biased selves we Indians tend to slip into every time someone famous or not so famous says about the supposed achievements of our country depending on who it is what has been said And it is this very bias that often results in a sense of pride that is somewhat misplaced on many occasions Sidin Vadukut s first work of non fiction is an exploration into the validity of some of these very instancesThe Sceptical Patriot starts off with an introduction titled Extensive Disclaimers in which Vadukut proceeds to tell us how a speech and a blogpost by former Chief Justice of India Markandey Katju a parliamentary discussion and a string of patriotic mail forwards were the inspiration behind writing this book He explains his approach in this truth seeking uest the limitations of his research while exhorting the reader to keep an open mind even uestion the approach itself if one should find it necessaryVadukut dedicates the first seven chapters to seven such individual great India facts in this book beginning with the most popular ones An investigation into the legend of Sushruta the world s first known plastic surgeon leads him to connect links to the marketing strategies of an American pharma giant the world s first known magazine and a murder mystery in the North Western Frontier Province of undivided India His fascination in the history of the Chola empire results in him uestioning the authenticity of the oft uoted fact that India were far too polite to invade another country or kingdomBut surely Indians were the ones who invented the zero the radio Vadukut discovers they did and then they probably did not His search for the truth about India being the wealthiest nation before the British took over reveals that the only source for the claim itself stands on shaky ground the Empire perhaps can be absolved of some of the accusations The argument of Sanskrit being the best language for computer programming is exemplary of the Indians love for the approval of NASA scientists while Takshashila s now in Pakistan claim to fame as being the site of the world s oldest university might not be the one horse race many perceive it to beBesides the facts there are also the oft mentioned uotes outlining the greatness of India the wickedness of the much maligned Lord Macaulay As the author looks into the original versions of these uotes as such instances of omission excision even misrepresentation as in the case of the Macaulay one begin to surface leaving the reader to make his own conclusionsIn one chapter towards the end of this book Vadukut stresses upon the need to approach history with skepticism While talking about the history textbooks in most of the Indian schools he laments the lack of important post independence events such as the 1962 Indo China War or the Kashmir problem in them which he believes will only ensure that the prejudices of earlier generations will continue to prevail among the current upcoming onesIn the final chapter the Sceptical Patriot read the author explains the point of writing this book by revealing the epiphanies he d had during the process of research writing which in brief serves the purpose of social commentary provides some much needed insight on the idea of being Indian the need for history to take lessons for the future an open society being the pre reuisite to provoking and promoting intellectual discussionWhat distinguishes this book from any other book aiming to sift fact from fiction is the author s recounting of past experiences from his life to explain his interest in a particular legend Or citing anecdotes analogies to shed light on his own approach at times even to counter uestion it Every chapter ends with a fact score card which tries to mark the possible validity of each fact on a scale of 1 to 10 while offering a modified reconciled version of the same that is much closer to the actual findingsAt the time of writing the election season in India is finally over looking back at it just a little bit one cannot have missed out on the unabashed distortion of historical facts legacies often going to the extent of rewriting even the geography of the nation While it s too late to change the outcome this time around The Sceptical Patriot will have accomplished its objective if it induces the reader to be inuisitive every time he or she hears something that sounds dodgy hollowI m going with 4 to 45 stars for The Sceptical Patriot by Sidin Vadukut Laced with the trademark wit humour of the bestselling Dork Trilogy and the much loved Cubiclenama columns it is a funny enjoyable sensible if somewhat superficial book on the Indian outlook towards pop history If you re looking for the big summer read that will engage enlighten your mind your search ends here Highly recommendedPS I received a free copy of this book from the publisher I solemnly maintain that my review was in no way influenced by the same

Free download ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ç Sidin VadukutThe Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories

Sidin Vadukut ç 6 Free download Free download ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ç Sidin Vadukut Review The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories F shitty it gets embellished until it becomes a totem of greatness and a portent of potential Sidin Vadukut takes on a complete catalogue of ‘India's Greatest Hits’ and ventures to separate the wheat of fact from the chaff of lege. Actually my problems with this book are manyfoldACould have definitely been shorterA lot of gibberish is added to make it lengthier and the book could have easily been around a 100 pages shortBAfter reading the whole bookI don t feel any wiser or informed about the India facts discussed in the bookIt is a popular and intelligent formula which the author has cooked up for this bookIt is to google extensively about a particular topic and then summarise it with anecdotes and satires and sometimes crassyunneeded humorIn his narrationone can easily figure out that he is trying to unlayer the fact and the whole story behind it one by oneThe problem is that while it feels good somehow in the first two chaptersthe formula becomes mundane and redundancy becomes the annoying factor of his bookwhich doesnot change its formula of narrative at all in any of the rest of chaptersAfter a while you start getting irritated with the same old start to a chapter as to where he got this idea from through the descriptions of his own autobiographical endeavorsCDefinite attempt to produce artificial sensationalism in sarcasmwhich is unappreciated and many a times not funny but annoying and too oversmartly narratedDProbably the whole point of writing this book fails due to his ambiguity of all the facts he tries to verifyReason being that he doesnot take the pains to one sidedly declare whether a fact is a complete fallacy or stands true to the best of his knowledgeThe facts which he considers completely untrue get a rating of 210 or 410 WhyI askWould they feel ignored or left outSorry but that is not why I bought this bookdiplomacy and playing safe doesn t work for a book that rides on the audaciousness of the choice of topic and the repercussions attached with being wrong in one s research and suchI was expecting much committment from an IIM A alumniThe last thing which sucked was his sources were mostly the sources of those people on blogs whom he deridesby calling them unaware patriots and stuff like thatYes I agree that he has done his research through books of famous people across centuries and tried to verify his facts to the best of his knowledgeBut nowhere was he able to make his verdict a final statement with complete suritythere was always a cloud of dubiousness hanging over all his facts and even within a chapterit was easily evidentThe book raises uestions than it answersAlsoIt would have been good if he had included atleast one fact which he could prove once and for all and give it a 1010 That would have been gutsy and a welcome changeNow lastly the uestions he has added at the end of all chapters for the Excessively sceptical a term which makes me instantly uestion as to which category he belongs tohaving written an entire book about India facts and their veracity One would think he is the torch holder for the excessively sceptical Anyhowthat is what I felt about this book which started with a concept that amused me but having read two chaptersbecame a monotonous and redundant read and I was already counting the pages which I had to go through to just be done with this bookIf I had to read about his personal experiencesopinions and anecdotesI would have preordered Sidin VadukutAn autobiography As simple as that This wasn t what I signed up forA feeble attempt which didnt enrich much about my country than I already knew

Sidin Vadukut ç 6 Free download

Sidin Vadukut ç 6 Free download Free download ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ç Sidin Vadukut Review The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories Nd Did India really invent the zero Has it truly never invaded a foreign country in over 1000 years Did Indians actually invent plastic surgery before those insufferable Europeans The truth is interesting and complicated than you thin. If you ve ever received WhatsApp forwards or seen posts on social media extolling the virtues of ancient Indians and urging you to be proud of them because of the discoveries they made and wondered how much of what those posts say is true this is the book for youIn a style that s similar to conversing with someone in person the book takes some of the most propagated India facts and attempts to verify them And because that s not very patriotic the titleWas the zero India s contribution to the world Did plastic surgery originate here at the hands of Sushruta Was Sanskrit really thought to be a natural language easiest to use for computer programming These and other oft heard facts like them are put under the scanner and investigated with the help of historical sources and the internetIt s all done in a very entertaining way and that s why this is fun to read and not like a textbook With personal anecdotes and a witty tone embellishing historical fact I learnt many things and enjoyed doing so as well

  • Paperback
  • 208
  • The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories
  • Sidin Vadukut
  • English
  • 23 March 2020
  • 9788129129031