Saturday, 16 January 2010

India Discovered

India Invented is an amazing 13 part series on the history of India. It is dedicated to eminent historian DD Kosambi so Law Schoolites probably can guess already why it is different from Bharat Ek Khoj and the like. The historiography is vastly different and the makers choose a very different method of studying history. Kosambi is credited as the first man who wrote the history of the peasant rather than the history of the kings, princes and rulers. This should not be radically new for the people who have been through the history courses at NLSIU but it is definitely worth watching the adaptation of such a concept into a TV series.

I have a slightly unconventional take on how the internet should be used (will blog about it later) and therefore I stream and watch all videos and movies "in-browser" rather than download them. While watching this show, as while watching Bharat Ek Khoj, I inevitably ended up pausing every couple of minutes to go read (on wiki usually) about something they were talking about on screen. Thus I ended up taking an hour and a half to see a half hour video (Yo mama's so dumb she takes 2 hours to see 60 minutes) which is in contrast to the 1, 1 1/2 hours I take to see some movies with running times upwards of 150 minutes. Time consuming but mind boggling and immensely fulfilling way of watching such videos.

I immensely regret not having seen it while I was in school.

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