Reviews

  • Beautifully written with both scholarship and an enviably light touch, thoughtfully constructed and enviably erudite in its wide-ranging references, and as much at ease discussing higher mathematics and philosophy as politics and art, <i>Incarnations</i> is a major work by one of India's most impressive minds, and the best possible introduction to both the complexities and the charms of Indian history.

    The Guardian
  • Defies historical conventions...scholarly and accessible, lively and deeply serious. I confess I recognised only about 20 of the names and what I thought I knew was wrong or incomplete... revelatory, bold and contemplative.

    The Independent
  • A majestic sweep of 2,500 years of Indian history...Khilnani is a rare blend of scholar and cracking travel writer, and his book is replete with distinguished characters little known in the West.

    The Sunday Times
  • A tour de force of intellectual history, engagingly written and peppered with wry personal anecdotes.

    Financial Times
  • Scholarly and playful

    The Telegraph
  • Khilnani is a warm, personable voice on the radio and in this beautifully illustrated book his personal touch has been preserved. It is hard to think of this mammoth task being executed any better.... Superb, *****

    The Telegraph
  • An exceptionally liberating intellectual journey to take. Mr Khilnani's prose is light and fast-paced... [and his] ability to empathise with people long dead is also astonishing

    Business Standard, New Delhi
  • I enjoyed everything about this book

    Literary Review