Early Indians: The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From

Early Indians: The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From

Who are we Indians ? Where did we come from ? Many of us believe our ancestors have lived in South Asia since 'time immemorial'. But, as it turns out, 'time immemorial' may not have been all that long ago. To tell us the story of our ancestry, journalist Tony Joseph goes 65,000 years into the past?when a band of modern humans, or Homo sapiens, first made their way from Afr Who are we Indians ? Where did we come from ? Many of us believe our ancestors have lived in South Asia since 'time imm...

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Title:Early Indians: The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From
Author:Tony Joseph
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Genres:History
ISBN:938622898X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Early Indians: The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From Reviews

  • Suman Srivastava
    Feb 27, 2019
    Great book which combines evidence from genealogy, archaeology and linguistics to provide a compelling story of where we Indians have come from. With interesting insights like why Punjabis drink more milk than South Indians. ...
  • Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
    Feb 27, 2019
    Everyone in our subcontinent - Pakistanis, Indians, Bangladeshis - please read EARLY INDIANS by Tony Joseph. Understand where we're coming from, how rich and diverse our roots are and how superficial our divisions are. And it's all based on scientific evidence, not ideological wishful ...
  • Asani
    Mar 09, 2019
    A superb, well-researched and clearly written book by Tony Joseph on how India was populated and from where. He starts from the migration of homo sapiens out of Africa 65,000 years ago. Subsequently, Zagrosian herders in Iran moved to India and mixed with the first Indians to build the...
  • Balkha
    May 04, 2019
    Just as the title promises, this book sets out to trace how the Indian subcontinent was populated. It begins from the time of the out of Africa migrations about 65000 years ago onto the Harrappan civilization (where they came from, its rise, its decline, etc.), the subsequent migration...
  • Balachander
    Feb 16, 2019
    Well researched account of our ancestors - the early indians, the harappans and the Aryans. Read to find out how with the help of dna analysis and other state of the art techniques we're more certain than ever of who the original inhabitants, of this landmass we now call as India, were...
  • Nandakishore Varma
    Mar 26, 2019
    Indians are a people who are always a bit confused about their identity as ?Indians? ? maybe because the nation itself is a relatively recent construct (not ignoring the mythical ?Bharata?) and the regional and caste identities are more strongly embedded. Ever since the West ...
  • Appu
    Apr 29, 2019
    The conventional history of India holds that there developed in the Indus Valley, an urban civilization around 2500BCE and that around 1500BCE, this civilization was replaced by a central Asian pastoral civilization, the Aryan civilization. While the Aryans moved steadily eastward, the...
  • Avaneesh
    Apr 16, 2019
    If this book doesn't settle the debate of who those pesky "Aryans" were, and whether it really matters that they "invaded" what we now call India, I don't know what will. ...
  • Suman
    Feb 14, 2019
    There is an image of the famous dancing girl of Harappa on the cover of this book as a nod perhaps to common knowledge that "Early Indians" for most of us refers to the Harappan Civilization. Then, we are told, came the Aryans who somehow settled peacefully (or not) with the Harappans....
  • Arvind
    May 12, 2019
    First Things First - The Aryan Invasion/Migration Theory has been controversial in India for sometime now. Originally, Max Mueller put forward this theory in the mid 19th century on basis of linguistics. Mind well that the Harappan/Indus-Saraswati valley civilisation had not been disco...
  • Mradul
    Jul 04, 2019
    I feel thankful to have read this book. The hole in our collective understanding of who we are pre-historically, the period for which we don't have written records, and where do we come from is addressed with the most recent DNA evidence considered on top of the earlier archeological, ...
  • Mr. ALC
    Mar 23, 2019
    Tony Joseph?s new book ?Early Indians: The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From? attempts to sell the colonial Aryan Invasion Theory's insidious 21st-century version - the Aryan Migration Myth - on the basis of racist, Hinduphobic Harvard geneticist David Reich?s thoro...
  • Nishant Bhagat
    Mar 26, 2019
    What a fascinating book!. I must admit though I thought it would be in the 'sapiens' vein but it turned out to be quite a 'technical' read. Somewhere towards the middle I was just reading though not understanding much. I guess it was necessary for the author to establish the point h...
  • Gayathiri Rajendran
    Feb 27, 2019
    This was a very fascinating read.This book combines linguistics,archaeology and DNA evidence to give an account of the story of the Indian population right from the evolution of man.It also answers the important questions like where did the Harappans come from.After reading this book,I...
  • Chris Jaffe
    Mar 17, 2019
    This is a generally interesting book that looks at early Indians and where they came from based on linguistic and DNA evidence (leaning more heavily on DNA). Author Tony Joseph (who is himself Indian, don't let the Anglo name fool you) isn't an expert on these fields, but a business re...
  • Samuel Premkumar
    Dec 27, 2018
    A nice and easy to read book on the population history of India. Tony Joseph traces the human migration in to India from 65000 years ago to the later waves of migration, based on the new data available from the science of ancient DNA analysis. While linguistic and archeology studies ha...
  • Subowal
    Jul 02, 2019
    One of the oldest controversies about Indian history, which has become sharper because of the current political situation in India, is the origin of Vedic people or the Aryans - did the originate in India and spread out from here to Europe and elsewhere, or did the migrate from East Eu...
  • Swaraj Yadav
    May 11, 2019
    Highly engaging and enlightening book. A must read in this age of psuedo hindu nationalism. A real eye opener was the evidence of caste system being a later construct on post maghadh India..more of a social engineering experiment whose effects we continue to see to this day. ...
  • Arup Guha
    Feb 03, 2019
    Have been reading up on archaeological and linguistic analysis of Early Indians for some time now. But like the author, found the publications on genetic evidence nearly impenetrable. Its interesting to note that the author went through the same cycle but didn't give up. Therefore the ...
  • Mohit Pawnday
    Feb 21, 2019
    The author has a viewpoint on our Indian origins and brilliantly uses genetic DNA studies to supplement the various narratives .With studies as late as mid 2018 accessed and quoted a compelling and must read in times when identity politics is becoming so important . Supplementing Archa...
  • Jawahar Surti
    Apr 27, 2019
    By "Indians" please do not interpret it as in country "India" but as the Indian sub-continent - that should include our neighbors too. It's a very well analyzed book on our ancestry - where did we come from? How we got here? How did our language evolve? Is Sanskrit from what we know as...
  • Bala
    May 25, 2019
    For a novice, non-technical person who wanted an introduction to understanding who our ancestors were and who we Indians today are, I doubt I could've grabbed a better book. The book is a pleasure to read. It reads as detective novel and grabs you right from the get go. If you want to ...
  • Somnath Bandyopadhyay
    May 15, 2019
    We are all Indians. And we are all migrants. The final statements of the book sum it all up. The metaphor of the pizza suddenly seems quite appropriate. Depending on how far we go back in history, we either encounter the base - the First Indians who migrated out of Africa around 65,...
  • Abhinav Gupta
    Dec 30, 2018
    India has had a weird relationship with its history prior to Mauryan empire. History by its nature is imprecise but, in this case, confusion is compounded by the fact that Harappan script remains undeciphered and there are very few archaeological remains of Vedic society. The confusion...
  • Vivek Bhageria
    Mar 23, 2019
    Seriously guys?? Giving this book 4-5 stars? Tony uses discredited claims as the base of this book. He tries to re-establish the Aryan Invasion Theory which has been a proven false theory. The Aryan Invasion Theory was a myth created to break the bond that Indians had with their land. ...
  • Vinayak Hegde
    Jun 02, 2019
    In the book, the author Tony Joesph delves into the history of early Indians based on recent genetic studies as well as archaeological finds over the last few decades. The book is based on scientifc evidence and the author bases his case on these and refutes some of the Aryan propagand...
  • Liju Kuriakose
    Apr 02, 2019
    The book deals with the controversial history of early migrations to the Indian Subcontinent. His revelations regarding the genetically traced past, ruffles not just the so-called protectors of a monolithic Indian culture, but also all forms of xenophobic theories that are based upon t...
  • Sahil Pradhan
    Jan 06, 2019
    Who are we Indians ? Where did we come from ? Many of us believe our ancestors have lived in South Asia since ?time immemorial?. But, as it turns out, ?time immemorial? may not have been all that long ago. To tell us the story of our ancestry, journalist Tony Joseph goes 65,000...
  • Ganapathy
    May 05, 2019
    Most of my knowledge of Indians as a civilization comes from the Common Era. The author has done a fantastic job in chronicling the prehistory of Indian subcontinent, answering the larger question of ?who are Indians??. As someone who does not believe in borders as much, I am more ...
  • Rakesh Eettisseri
    May 19, 2019
    oh.. Its an awesome book. Its all about the genetic evidences and how it can light the torch for the quest of our own story. quite enjoyable. ...