The Ocean of Churn

The Ocean of Churn

Sanjeev Sanyal / Aug 20, 2019

The Ocean of Churn Much of human history has played itself out along the rim of the Indian Ocean In a first of its kind attempt bestselling author Sanjeev Sanyal tells the history of this significant region which stre

  • Title: The Ocean of Churn
  • Author: Sanjeev Sanyal
  • ISBN: 9780670087327
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Paperback
  • Much of human history has played itself out along the rim of the Indian Ocean In a first of its kind attempt, bestselling author Sanjeev Sanyal tells the history of this significant region, which stretches across East Africa, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent to South East Asia and Australia He narrates a fascinating tale about the earliest human migrations outMuch of human history has played itself out along the rim of the Indian Ocean In a first of its kind attempt, bestselling author Sanjeev Sanyal tells the history of this significant region, which stretches across East Africa, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent to South East Asia and Australia He narrates a fascinating tale about the earliest human migrations out of Africa and the great cities of Angkor and Vijayanagar medieval Arab empires and Chinese treasure fleets the rivalries of European colonial powers and a new dawn.Sanjeev explores remote archaeological sites, ancient inscriptions, maritime trading networks and half forgotten oral histories, to make exciting revelations In his inimitable style, he draws upon existing and new evidence to challenge well established claims about famous historical characters and the flow of history Adventurers, merchants, explorers, monks, swashbuckling pirates, revolutionaries and warrior princesses populate this colourful and multifaceted narrative.The Ocean of Churn takes the reader on an amazing journey through medieval geopolitics and eyewitness accounts of long lost cities to the latest genetic discoveries about human origins, bringing alive a region that has defined civilization from the very beginning.

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      • Sanjeev Sanyal

        Currently the Global Strategist of one of the world s largest banks, Sanjeev Sanyal is a prolific writer who divides his time between India and Singapore An Eisenhower Fellow, he was named Young Global Leader for 2010 by the World Economic Forum His last book was The Indian Renaissance India s Rise after a Thousand Years of Decline, published by Penguin in 2008


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    1. A thoroughly enjoyable voyage across the Indian Ocean with Sanjeev Sanyal. Sanyal has clearly gone from strength to strength since his last work and his command over the narrative, and engagement of the reader is admirable now. A challenging task is taken up here, since the sweep of time and geography to be covered in a short book like this is ambitious to say the least. Sanyal pulls it off quite handsomely, it has to be said, even though oversimplification and a few biases color the narrative i [...]


    2. How come the fossil remains of marine animals have been found in Himalayas?How come we can see oriental faces in the engravings by Pallavas? Why did Vasco Da Gama worshipped in a Hindu Temple when he set his foot in India for the first time?How come the Parsi Community of India embraced the local Gujarati culture so effortlessly? Yeah, you guessed it right- This books has not only answers, but also profound explanations of all the above mentioned (and many more) questions. History has been presc [...]


    3. I did hope to be impressed which unfortunately I wasn't while reading this one. I did hope to find some intensive if not extensive history of the diasporic movement around and across the Indian Ocean, what I did get was a quick tour of the region and those beyond it spreading across centuries and civilizations, right from the Prehistoric times to the recent past.I did hope to read of those unknown sailors, pirates, local merchants, lascars, what I gotwell I did not get what the author had hinted [...]


    4. The author of this book, Sanjeev Sanyal makes a credible statement on an obvious shortcoming with a majority of historic narratives. In a planet where 71% are covered by the oceans, our history is almost completely rooted on the land. Sanyal in his book sets out to look at history from the Indian Ocean’s perspective. The Indian Ocean encompasses Africa, Asia and Australasia in its fold what happens against the backdrop of this sea is rich, varied and instrumental to world history. The narrativ [...]


    5. Being a regular reader of the history I was fascinated by this book by the author Sanjeev Sanyal. Having read his previous book "Land of the Seven Rivers" I was all eager to read this new book. In his previous book, he talked about the seven important rivers of India including the mighty Saraswati River. The Land of seven rivers was summed up in one line as “Seven Rivers (Sapth Sindhu), One Country, Five Millennia, Startling History”.Asian histories have been rendered in a biased manner sinc [...]


    6. 2.5/5 For the most part it read like a school textbook, too much information of dates and names cramped into few pages with urgency. More of information than on insights/analysis. Also, felt a lack of continuity and depth.


    7. This is a fascinating read of how Indian Ocean influenced India History. We forget that the major portion of contemporary Indian history is always a narrative from the inland empirical view. This book flies in the face of that school of thought that the power center of India has always been inland in Delhi or that there India has been a land based land route trading empire Moreover and the thing i like the most about this book is the fascinating stories of simple people, simple traders and peopl [...]


    8. For amateur history buffs, the Ocean of Churn a very interesting refresher from a different vantage point. For the casual reader, this is an accessible read that gives one a quick primer of Indian Ocean maritime history, establishing some striking, sometimes unexpected links that the current day bears to events that occurred far away from boundaries of one's world. Far too many of us don't take history seriously, treating it as a schoolday burden to be quickly dispensed with after the 10th grade [...]


    9. The best thing about this book is the focus on South India. Indian History is far too Delhi-centric, and it is good that an emminental readable and well-studied account of the South is now presented. The author has a knack of combining the studies of Geography and History, and the book does not disappoint one bit. What I particularly enjoyed is the use of anecdotes to stitch together broader historical patterns. The book also does not pull back on punches and focused on key areas such as the cul [...]


    10. Awesome Read Awesome Read that opens up new vistas of knowledge for anyone interested in how what we are today is a sythesis of what we did yesterday


    11. There aren’t many books which make you feel thankful that you came across them. The Ocean of Churn, by Sanjeev Sanyal, is definitely one of them. For quite some time I’ve wanted to read a book which would give an accurate and vivid description of how civilization came to be, especially around the Indian subcontinent. Few people could tell the story in such a concise manner as has the author, as we wade through the origin of Homo Sapiens right up to the bustling cosmopolitan 21st century behe [...]


    12. I had read this quote somewhere “Mountains are conservative, seas are liberal”. When I picked up the book “The Ocean of Churn – How the Indian Ocean Shaped Human History” by Sanjeev Sanyal, I thought it will be another book that will tell how Indians have been instrumental in world history. I am firm believer that it is not just one race, one person or one event that has influence but a diverse set of people, things, instances that lead to a better world. So I am not sure why I picked [...]



    13. The Ocean of Churn, like the author's previous book Land of the Seven Rivers, is a must read for history enthusiasts who are looking to get a good overview on the various aspects of Indian history - the author also covers the Indian Ocean rim region, so anyone interested in Persian Gulf, South-East Asian and East African history will also enjoy reading the book. This book is an essential read for those in the subcontinent who grew up only reading history through their textbooks and corresponding [...]


    14. Before you start reading, be aware that this work, perhaps like all of history itself, is subjective. The Ocean of Churn is a well-researched book, but is influenced by Sanyal's own beliefs (especially towards the end with phrases such as 'stifled by the social economist model imposed by Nehru', or his silence on how the Mughals ruled post the brutal raids by Md. Ghori and the like). Some parts of the book seem speculative such as 'It was commonly argued by colonial-era scholars that India was n [...]


    15. The book wears its knowledge lightly, and is a breezy review of several thousand years of history in the indian ocean region which includes the region from ethiopia to south africa in the west to malacca and indonesia in the east. The prism is Indocentric. It is high time such books get written. Good book to gift to curious Indian teenagers.Packed with trivia, travel and personal observation, the story is told with good humour, empathy for the people being discussed, balanced view of historical [...]


    16. It is said that the ancient Sanskrit name for the Indian Ocean is "Ratnākara (रत्नाकर)" - Ocean of Gems. While reading this book, I also felt like swimming through the ocean of gems myself - gems in form of amusing trivia and facts.Luckily, I came across this book in that year of my life in which I've traveled good deal in the Indian ocean countries of Vietnam and Indonesia. This book is a great source of information on anthropology, history and geography of Indian Ocean region - [...]


    17. This books has a radically new perspective as far as historical narratives are concerned. Usually, history is studied with a focus on continental affairs, connections and wars. But Sanyal writes with a focus on maritime relationships, wars, migrations and inter connections between people from different countries in the Indian Ocean Rim. His book is filled with anecdotes and stories of sidelined characters and less known stories from the Vedic period till post-liberalization eras India. The most [...]


    18. A very good book to read about indian ocean history. Will give you great insights about Indic civilization. Will add respect to many old empires while you read. Greats like Rajendra chola,zheng He, Samutra Gupta,The majapahit,last Kings of bali,Naga clans of Cambodia, Hindhu kings of srilanka should be known by all Indian ocean people. places like famous somnath temple,Nalama & vikramshila, Angor temple, tooth temple of kandy,Gangai konda Chola puram should be know to all Indic civilization [...]


    19. Overall, the book was good. However, I personally believe that certain portions were consciously mingled with biases, which I find quite disturbing considering the fact that historians are supposed to provide true, factual pictures of historical events and people from different perspectives and not paint a picture of good or bad to misguide readers. I understand that it was written with Indian Ocean as point of view, but some rulers and dynasties that conquered/ruled India who were equally respo [...]


    20. Its masterpiece, i have read first time such a wonderful book.The most liked thing about this is he author describe era after era, especially Harappan Civilization to 10th century> So many things actually happen in this rim and many civilization has evolve around it. relation between east coast of India and South East Asia is describe so beautifully that it stunned. So many new things that i doesn't know. Importance given to INA and Indian Armed force rebel is forgotten chapter of Indian free [...]


    21. An interesting but occasionally flawed reading of Indian Ocean history. For the most part, The Ocean of Churn is very accurate and accessible. However, there is at least one glaring mistake. The author supposes The Travels of Sir John Mandeville was written by John Mandeville. Contemporary scholarship has it that the Travels were actually written by Jan de Langhe from Flanders. This is a small error, but a meaningful one. The error makes the rest of the book difficult to trust. When it comes to [...]


    22. simple, lightweight book that doesn't proclaim itself to be 'definitive' in any manner. the content and the language is easy for a layperson to follow. recommended for those who need to look at the history of our world from a different perspectiveat includes majorly all of us and especially the youth of our country :) not recommended for history scholars as this will appear not so serious to them.


    23. I can relate a lot to this book and to the author as well. The narration is weaved around Indian Ocean rim and adds geographical influences to the history of mankind. A lot of content is repetition of one of Sanyal's previous work "The land of seven rivers" but considering the authors interest in narrating the story in whole, it is acceptable👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻


    24. A fascinating history of the Indian Ocean and its surrounds over the millennia. It's pretty breezy and sweeping, and at times Sanyal's style grated on me a bit (so many exclamation marks!), but it's always interesting.


    25. Wonderful sequel to "The Land of Seven Rivers". Describes the incalculable impact of the subcontinent on historic maritime trade and consequent effect on the geopolitics of the world!


    26. there are so many things I liked about this book and the foremost among those is how smooth it flowed from the beginning to the end. It was very informative and deeply researched book.



    27. It is really an outstanding book. A friend of mine recommended Sanjeev Sanyal to me and I started reading his books in the chronological order in which he has written them. I guess that was a good decision from my end because I have liked each book more than the previous one and this is quite easily the best from him so far. Very often than not, when we speak of history, we restrict ourselves to the terrestrial form of history and restrict ourselves to a history of a particular country or land. [...]


    28. Another good book by Sanyal. The best thing about Sanyal's writing style is he does not force feed you his beliefs, like some other history writers. He puts forth the hypothesis, set out facts, give assumptions, deductions, conclusions, and then leave it with readers to explore for more.The use of fables, folklore and tongue-in-cheek lines have kept the book from becoming a dry commentary. After reading Savarkar's Six Glourious Epochs of Indian History, this book again brings out the rich histor [...]


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