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Penguin UK, Sep 8, 2009 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 120 pages
Ashoka the Great, the ruler of ancient India's largest kingdom, took the path of peace, tolerance, non-violence and compassion after a fierce battle in Kalinga. He now addressed his subjects as a father would his children, and erected pillars that spread his thoughts throughout the land in the people's own language. He put their welfare above all else and worked towards that for the rest of his life. One of the most well-known symbols from India's history, the Ashoka chakra, now adorns India's national flag, and the lion capital from his pillars is our national emblem. In this lively, engrossing account of Ashoka's life and the times, Subhadra Sen Gupta deftly brings him alive again from behind the swirling mists of time.

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Though the book covers the most of the history known about Ashoka, it is not presented in a really readable or in a proper flow. Most of the time, text in cited scripts is repeated in verbtism. Most of the incidents described in chapter one are repeated again in further chpater without any additional information. The book goes keep describing same things/incidents again again. There is no proper chronological flow.
I have seen a couple of documentaries before this book on Ashoka from Discovery and it like channels. They have given more information than this book.


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About the author (2009)

Subhadra Sen Gupta writes on the many aspects of India's culture. Her books are often woven around history. This is her fourteenth children's book and second Kartik mystery.

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