COROMANDEL. A name which has been long applied by Europeans to the Northern Tamil Country, or (more comprehensively) to the eastern coast of the Peninsula of India.
This is the India highly acclaimed historian Charles Allen visits on this fascinating book. Coromandel journeys south, exploring the fewer widely recognized, continuously neglected and very different history and identity of the pre-Aryan Dravidian south.
During Allen’s exploration of the Indian south he meets local historians, gurus and politicians and with their assist uncovers some peculiar stories in regards to the past. His sweeping narrative takes within the archaeology, religion, linguistics and anthropology of the region – and how these have influenced recent politics.
Known for his vivid storytelling, for decades Allen has travelled the length and breadth of India, revealing the spirit of the sub-continent through its history and people. In Coromandel, he moves through brand new-day India, discovering as much in regards to the present as he does in regards to the past.