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...
  • Sadiq Kazi
    Jan 31, 2019
    Answers many questions that affect the socio-political milieu of the times - who were the Aryans? Are we all migrants? How did we become who we are? Interesting and well-researched. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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....
  • Vani Kalra
    Jan 13, 2019
    Compelling read. Reinforced some old theories and debunked the right wing propaganda with genetic archaeological linguistic proof. All in all well written and easily understandable by a layman ...
  • 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...
  • Virat
    Mar 05, 2019
    What a fantastic book. A well researched and succinct overview of Indian early history. Considering the big controversy around this subject the book has been sensitively written. Learnt a lot and now waiting for Tony Joseph to write more books and articles to keep us updated on new dis...
  • 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...
  • Prabu Pandurangan
    Feb 03, 2019
    An absolute must read for anyone trying to understand where we Indians are from. Drawing evidence from diverse sources he builds an engaging storyline. The Pizza analogy though simple , is a great way to explain the multiple migrations into South Asia contributing to the making of mo...
  • 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 brillaintly uses genetic proof 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 . ...
  • Sai Nair
    Apr 12, 2019
    A fascinating read about Indias early history. This was an extension to history of Indian geneology from another recent work by Dr. David Reich (whose work this author cites quite often) but it was nonetheless an excellent book. The books front cover has the picture of "dancing" har...
  • Mohammad Rameez
    Apr 02, 2019
    What we really are... who our ancestors were ...
  • 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...
  • Sanjay Singh
    Feb 11, 2019
    Well written and well researched. Every Indian must read this book. ...
  • Shruthi
    Feb 23, 2019
    In schools we are taught Indian history as starting from Harappan and Indus valley civilization. This book gives us detailed view on India's pre history. What was India like around 65000 years ago. Great book that gives evidence on Who we Indians are. Spoiler - We are all migrant...
  • 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. ...
  • Naveen S
    Feb 04, 2019
    A narrative of how we Indians came about, buttressed with evidence from fields of Archaeology, Population genetics, and Comparative linguistics. Must read for every Indian as the definition of an Indian(or a Hindu) is becoming more rigid because of the propagandas flying around. ...
  • Sunil Iyer
    Feb 06, 2019
    The book goes slightly overboard on the DNA science, however, it makes for an interesting read. ...
  • 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...
  • Rajesh Mohta
    Feb 17, 2019
    A nice book on establishing Indian Ancestry based on DNA mapping from 65000 years ago ...
  • Philip George
    Apr 02, 2019
    Terrific book bringing evidence from genetics, archaeology, botany and other disciplines. ...
  • Jivan
    Apr 12, 2019
    It's a good book. However it is quite dense which makes completing it a daunting task. The book has alot of geographical references and it only has 5 chapters (each chapter takes some time to read). This book is not for a starter and requires readers of a higher caliber. ...