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In this ambitious audiobook, best-selling author Sanjeev Sanyal chronicles the grand sweep of history from East Africa to Australia, conjuring the great cities of Angkor and Vijayanagar, medieval Arab empires, and Chinese "treasure fleets" in rich, vivid detail. He explores remote archaeological sites, maritime trading networks, and half-forgotten oral tales to challenge established historical narratives with fresh evidence. 

Shining new light on medieval geopolitics and long-lost cities, The Ocean of Churn is a mesmerizing journey into the heart of a vibrant civilization.

©2016 Sanjeev Sanyal (P)2019 Random House Audio

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Logical and smooth

The title of the book may not do justice to the content, but let me opine that the language is easy to comprehend and the content is only logical and supported by relevant proofs at places.
Must read.
I personally respect Mr Sanyal for his achievements and would love to read other books by him

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A great listen to an interesting perspective

I loved this book for a few reasons. I was meaning to read something that is viewed with an Indian perspective, which I found here. It revealed quite a few amazing stories and events I wasn't aware of yet. The thought of looking at what has been happening around the Indian Ocean makes it more interesting and gets a broader appeal.
Glad I got this book and would readily recommend it to anyone interested in history that textbooks don't cover.

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Amazing connection of dots of Indian Ocean

It emphasizes the importance of Indians and Indian ocean from past to future. It also dwelves into the cultural linkages between Indian ocean countries and India.

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Sanjeev possess an Ocean of Knowledge

This was the first book of Sanjeev Sanyal's that I have read and it was very enjoyable. I have watched many of his videos on youtube and was impressed by the breadth of his knowledge of history. I started this book with high expectation and it did not disappoint.
Even though I was familiar with many of the events that Sanjeev spoke about in this book, I found the way he tied everything to the Indian Ocean very interesting. I also liked that the book focussed on parts of history that aren't covered in detail in traditional history books such as the trade between the Indus valley and Mesopotamia or the proxy battles fought between the cholas and the Chinese empire in the Indonesian islands for trade dominance.
Sanjeev peppers the book with many personal anecdotes as well as the lesser known tales of many well known people, which I found fascinating. One such example is that of the Duke of Wellington, who played a part in defeating Tipu Sultan before he faced Napoleon in Waterloo.
The book is filled with many interesting facts that are woven into the overall story of the region. I will never look at the Indian Ocean the same way again. This book has taught me how many empires have risen and fallen with the rise and fall of the waves in the Indian Ocean and how the Ocean has acted as a melting pot for cultures and people in the region for millennia.
I highly recommend this book to anybody who wants to see history through a different perspective.

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one of most spectacular account of Bharat

one of the most spectacular account of Bharat, concept of India, history, geography all sewn into one...far far from what we have been taught & told until now...kudos!! Sanjeev Sanyal

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Another voice please

The narrator's accent and unchanging rhythm as well as mispronounced words were jarring to an interesting piece of writing

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Must-read

This might not be an extensive research. But it gives the unbiased overview of history of Indian ocean over prolonged period connecting all the dots.
Icing on the cake is language is lucid and narration was amazing.

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excellent book

loved it. awesome book which reveals vast history of indian ocean rim. brilliantly structured flow of events.

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fascinating story of indian ocean

Ocean of churn makes for a fascinating reading. It covers the history of last 2500 years of the countries and cultures in the Indian ocean region. Covers a lot of interesting aspects that is not covered in the doctored history books we read in school. It is amazing to know how the culture from India and Indian empires influenced many south east asian nations throughout history. The rise and fall of the Islamic empires, the colonial brutality and the eventual fall of colonialism in this region in the 20th century is covered well.

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- Covering such a wide history of 2500 years of a vast region means that while it covers the breadth, it lacks the details.
- While the colonial victories were well covered, I felt the Indian resistance was not given as much importance as I would have liked. Even the great Vijayanagar empire was very shortly covered and there is no coverage of Chatrapathi Shivaji.

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Amazing

Gives a perspective on history which I have never come across before. Truly brilliant! Recommended!

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  • Akash Mitra
  • 20-06-20

An unputdownable treatise on the history of Indian Ocean

Don’t bother reading this review. Instead Just go ahead and read /listen to this actual book. This book is filled with unbelievable stories from history that will take you by surprise on almost every pages. This book changed my perception about history once and for all. Kudos to Sanjeev Sanyal

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  • Dipankar Deb Roy
  • 08-03-21

Extremely interesting & well written (and read)

Amazing book. I even got the physical copy. This is a must read & must listen. Can definitely be made into a Netflix or Prime docu-history show.

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  • Parent24
  • 15-11-20

Good one

Very good historical reconstruction of events in Indian ocean realm. Author has put in a lot of efforts to study events from Various periods and placss and piece it together without bias

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  • 27-09-20

Makes me love history once again!

Great book and I wish I had been taught history this way. I’ve been listening to this book on my drive to drop off and pick up my 3.5 yr old daughter and I have been narrating a simplified version of this book to her!

It also challenges the seemingly half truths about Ashoka, Tipu sultan, Rhodes etc.

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  • 22-08-20

Intresting narration and very insightful

Intresting narration and very insightful writing on otherwise forgotten history of of indians and indian ocean!

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  • Hemang Desai
  • 07-07-20

very good but sometimes confusing

as the book covers a huge geographical area and attempts a sweep of a few thousand years, the shifts from places and scenarios can be confusing.

that aside, this book has fascinating tit-bits of history and gives keen readers leads to research many different topics.

someone else should have read this book though. if you're aren't accustomed to an Indian accent and its novel way of pronunciation, you're going to struggle.

worth the listen overall.