As E. P Thompson rightly said, ” There is not a thought that is being thought in the West or East that is not active in some Indian mind”, Manu S Pillai’s latest book ” The Courtesan, the Mahatma and the Italian Brahmin: Tales from Indian History” is full of such wonderful people and their magnificent stories.
Whether its Nangeli in 1800s or Meerabai in 1500s, or many other lives thats been chronicled in the book, all are fascinating and sometimes inspiring. The book brings into life how wonderful and diverse the Indian heritage was. The many characters who shaped it, the Heroes and the Villains. The reformers and the rebels. Its a must read if you are a student of history and also if you are ready to get surprised and occasionally shocked.