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The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories Summary Ñ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook é ❰Read❯ ➮ The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories Author Sidin Vadukut – JohnD India really invent the zero Has it truly never Sceptical Patriot Exploring ePUB #8608 invaded a foreign country in over years Did Indians actually invent plastic surgery before those insufferable Europeans The truth is interesting and complicated than you thi. 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 Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything comes to my mind science served with humor Sidin achieved or less the same history and humor And I am inclined to believe that he moved mountains to achieve thatMy maternal grandfather G Srinivasachari co authored ‘The Advanced History of India’ with the great Nilakanta Sastri When I was sixteen I discovered that only half of the hardbound version of gramps’ magnum opus was left Termites had eaten the rest I enuired within the family and was shocked to discover that not one person had bothered to keep a copy This has nothing to do with the review of The Sceptical Patriot I know I just wanted to highlight how important History is to an average Indian Even the immediate family of an acclaimed historian didn’t give a shit about historyIt was 1988 and I was applying for my pre university admissions I mentioned to one of our family friends“I am thinking of signing up for History and Economics”He just blanked out for a moment and said“Are you into drugs”No sane person studied History“Learn Typing and short hand instead” they suggestedThat’s how I ended up NOT studying HistoryI am fascinated by History and I tried reading my grand pa’s book it was a prescribed book for BA History back in the day I hope my grand pa will forgive me for saying this but he made Ayn Rand look good as a writer Now that’s the problem with textbooks death by prose So I stopped reading grand pa’s book after 11 pagesIn the years that has passed since I didn’t bother reading up on History Enter Internet I was consuming e mail forwards blog posts Facebook notes and what have you about the wondrous inspiring past of our great country It took me a few years to realize that not everything the internet serves up is verified authentic informationI always wondered– how could a country that was so prosperous inclusive liberal and diverse fuck up so bad What happened in between Well those pages in history were never written or they are stuck to each otherThrough The Sceptical Patriot Sidin addresses these key uestions Was India the richest country in the world before the Brits came in Did Arya Bhatta invent zero Was Sushruta the world’s first plastic surgeon Will Pulli Raja get aids Okay I made up the last oneSidin picks all the popular ‘facts’ on India that the internet has been bombarding you with and takes you on a journey of discovery and investigation The Vedas Cholas and Indus valley To Marconi the bastard Italian hehehe Bose and Neuro linguistic programming It is one hell of a roller coaster rideEvery Indian needs to read The Sceptical Patriot It helps in understanding what exactly being Indian meansI need to add that Sidin walks the tight rope of history like Prabhudeva on steroids It is so easy to offend people these days and it is not easy to write an honest story and also make it inoffensive A friend from Orissa stopped talking to me because I threw a food packet at him in a house party So thereStay with me da I am almost done There are a few things Sidin could have done better Nothing major but these things do intrude on the book’s experienceI think he should have dwelt a little on the concept of India Was it a single country hundreds of years back Or an odd amalgam of fiefdoms and princely states I have heard some ‘nationalist’ friends thunder“India never attacked any country in ten thousand years you sickular paid media Congi traitor’Was there a country called India thousands of years back I don’t know But yes if only The Sceptical Patriot had dealt with that topic a bit Oh wellEach chapter has an elaborate preamble before Sidin cuts to chase I did wonder a couple of times “Wasn’t this chapter about Takshasila Why is he talking about Iran here for so long” It is my ignorance that makes me say this but I am sure a better ‘design’ would have made it an YES Bank Awesome maxNow go buy the book and tell me what you thought of it

The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian GloriesD India really invent the zero Has it truly never Sceptical Patriot Exploring ePUB #8608 invaded a foreign country in over years Did Indians actually invent plastic surgery before those insufferable Europeans The truth is interesting and complicated than you thi. 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 Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything comes to my mind science served with humor Sidin achieved or less the same history and humor And I am inclined to believe that he moved mountains to achieve thatMy maternal grandfather G Srinivasachari co authored ‘The Advanced History of India’ with the great Nilakanta Sastri When I was sixteen I discovered that only half of the hardbound version of gramps’ magnum opus was left Termites had eaten the rest I enuired within the family and was shocked to discover that not one person had bothered to keep a copy This has nothing to do with the review of The Sceptical Patriot I know I just wanted to highlight how important History is to an average Indian Even the immediate family of an acclaimed historian didn’t give a shit about historyIt was 1988 and I was applying for my pre university admissions I mentioned to one of our family friends“I am thinking of signing up for History and Economics”He just blanked out for a moment and said“Are you into drugs”No sane person studied History“Learn Typing and short hand instead” they suggestedThat’s how I ended up NOT studying HistoryI am fascinated by History and I tried reading my grand pa’s book it was a prescribed book for BA History back in the day I hope my grand pa will forgive me for saying this but he made Ayn Rand look good as a writer Now that’s the problem with textbooks death by prose So I stopped reading grand pa’s book after 11 pagesIn the years that has passed since I didn’t bother reading up on History Enter Internet I was consuming e mail forwards blog posts Facebook notes and what have you about the wondrous inspiring past of our great country It took me a few years to realize that not everything the internet serves up is verified authentic informationI always wondered– how could a country that was so prosperous inclusive liberal and diverse fuck up so bad What happened in between Well those pages in history were never written or they are stuck to each otherThrough The Sceptical Patriot Sidin addresses these key uestions Was India the richest country in the world before the Brits came in Did Arya Bhatta invent zero Was Sushruta the world’s first plastic surgeon Will Pulli Raja get aids Okay I made up the last oneSidin picks all the popular ‘facts’ on India that the internet has been bombarding you with and takes you on a journey of discovery and investigation The Vedas Cholas and Indus valley To Marconi the bastard Italian hehehe Bose and Neuro linguistic programming It is one hell of a roller coaster rideEvery Indian needs to read The Sceptical Patriot It helps in understanding what exactly being Indian meansI need to add that Sidin walks the tight rope of history like Prabhudeva on steroids It is so easy to offend people these days and it is not easy to write an honest story and also make it inoffensive A friend from Orissa stopped talking to me because I threw a food packet at him in a house party So thereStay with me da I am almost done There are a few things Sidin could have done better Nothing major but these things do intrude on the book’s experienceI think he should have dwelt a little on the concept of India Was it a single country hundreds of years back Or an odd amalgam of fiefdoms and princely states I have heard some ‘nationalist’ friends thunder“India never attacked any country in ten thousand years you sickular paid media Congi traitor’Was there a country called India thousands of years back I don’t know But yes if only The Sceptical Patriot had dealt with that topic a bit Oh wellEach chapter has an elaborate preamble before Sidin cuts to chase I did wonder a couple of times “Wasn’t this chapter about Takshasila Why is he talking about Iran here for so long” It is my ignorance that makes me say this but I am sure a better ‘design’ would have made it an YES Bank Awesome maxNow go buy the book and tell me what you thought of it

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The Sceptical Patriot Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories ´ Shitty it gets The Sceptical MOBI #233 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 legend Di. 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 Read Ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook È Sidin Vadukut

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Sidin Vadukut È 0 review India A land where Patriot Exploring PDF #204 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 of. 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