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Savarkar: Echoes from a Forgotten Past, 1883-1924 Hardcover – 16 August 2019

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Vikram Sampath, a Bangalore-based historian, is the author of three acclaimed books-Splendours of Royal Mysore: The Untold Story of the Wodeyars, My Name Is Gauhar Jaan: The Life and Times of a Musician and Voice of the Veena, S. Balachander: A Biography. Vikram was awarded the Sahitya Akademi's first Yuva Puraskar in English literature and the ARSC International Award for Excellence in Historical Research in New York for his book on Gauhar Jaan. The book has also been adapted as a play, Gauhar, by Lillete Dubey and is being adapted into a Hindi movie by Ashutosh Gowariker.

Vikram has a doctorate in history and music from the University of Queensland, Australia, and is currently a senior fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi. An engineer/mathematician from BITS Pilani and an MBA in finance from S.P. Jain Institute of Management, Mumbai, he is also a trained Carnatic vocalist. He has established the Archive of Indian Music, India's first digital sound archive for vintage recordings, and is the founder-director of the Bangalore Literature Festival, Indic Thoughts Festival and the ZEE Group's ARTH: A Culture Fest.


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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin Random House India (16 August 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 624 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0670090301
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0670090303
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.62 x 5.33 x 24.13 cm
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Aristotle's words - "The artistic representation of history is a more scientific and serious pursuit than the exact writing of history. For the art of letters goes to the heart of things, whereas the factual report merely collocates details" - form the guiding light for Vikram Sampath. Vikram's books belong to the narrative non-fiction category and deal with historical themes. But they have as their credo the above mentioned philosophy in documenting and presenting history. It is by going into "the heart of things" that one experiences history as something which happened to people like ourselves, and that, in turn, reveals the relevance of that history for us today.

The city of Bangalore where he was born is definitely the first love of Vikram Sampath! Vikram completed his schooling in Bangalore at the Sri Aurobindo Memorial School and Bishop Cotton Boys' School. He thereafter moved to the fascinating town of Pilani to obtain a Bachelors in Engineering in Electronics and a Masters in Mathematics from one of India's most reputed schools - BITS-Pilani. He then went on to obtain an MBA in Finance from S P Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai. Vikram has worked in many leading multinational firms like GE Money and Citibank and currently works as a Team Leader in a leading software company in Bangalore.

Vikram's first book, 'Splendours of Royal Mysore: the Untold Story of the Wodeyars' has been widely acclaimed across India. The book traces the 600 year long history of Mysore, its royal family and culture. It has been termed as one of the most definitive accounts on the Mysore royal family in recent times. The book was nominated for the Crossword Vodafone Award among the best non-fiction titles of 2008. Vikram was also awarded the prestigious 'Global 30 under 30 Award' by the BITS Alumni Association and BITS-Pilani for excellence in the field of literature.

Vikram is a man of varied interests. He publishes regularly in leading dailies and magazines including The Hindu, Deccan Herald and Bangalore Mirror. While at BITS-Pilani his paper on "Developing an efficient feedback mechanism for an effective instructional process" was selected as the only student paper for presentation at the First Symposium on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

Vikram has been awarded the prestigious visiting Fellowship for the year 2010-11 at the Institute for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) in Berlin, Germany.

Vikram's other interests include music and he is a serious student of Carnatic classical music and has been training under various eminent practitioners of the art form. In his student days, he was actively involved in the activities of SPIC MACAY. Subjects related to history, art, music and culture are close to his heart.

Details about Vikram and his books are available on his website www.vikramsampath.com

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Mohak Shukla
5.0 out of 5 stars Ode to Veer Savarkar.
Reviewed in India on 29 August 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ode to Veer Savarkar.
Reviewed in India on 29 August 2019
Who coined 1857’s Sepoy Mutiny as India’s First War of Independence?
Savarkar.
When leaders like Gopal Krishna Gokhale were asking for just the dominion status from the British. Who went to England and started a full-fledged revolution for liberation?
Savarkar.
Who organised the first ever bonfire boycott of British goods, even before Gandhiji landed in India?
Savarkar.
Who got his hands on the “Bomb Making Manual”, and translated it to send it to India, giving new rise to Revolutionaries like Bhagat Singh?
Savarkar.
Who was deemed to be so dangerous to the British Crown, that he was given 2-life sentences for the first time in British history?
Savarkar.
On hearing about 2 life-sentences, who laughed and said: “At least, I was able to convince you Britishers about the Hindu concept of multiple lives”?
Savarkar.
Who earned the nickname “Veer” in his early childhood because he gathered young boys to fight back against the rioters attacking their village?
Savarkar.
Whose book on “1857 Freedom-struggle” became standard for recruitment in HRA?
Savarkar.
This is what one gets after burning through one's life for India, some get oblivion, while others like Savarkar gets vilification.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding work , extraordinary research on the fatehr of Hindu nationalism and a great reformer .
Reviewed in India on 13 August 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding work , extraordinary research on the fatehr of Hindu nationalism and a great reformer .
Reviewed in India on 13 August 2019
A genuine and heart wrenching reading experience. Vikram is a very ardent and articulative writer who knows to grab the pulse of reader.
Savarkar is my ideal and I have waited for 30 years to get a genuine biography of India's finest revolutionary and the father of hindu nationalism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely blown away
Reviewed in India on 14 August 2019
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Reviewed in India on 17 September 2019
"I am a reformist at heart."

I am glad that we finally have a biography dedicated to Savarkar. This book was an eye-opener for me.

I didn't know about Savarkar anything till 2015. One of the bravest anti-colonial revolutionaries of Freedom Struggle of India was suspiciously missing from our school books, as well as the mainstream political discourse. And it is obvious why. Only those belonging to a particular ideology, find a mention in general textbooks. The entire credit for Indian Independence is given to Gandhi and Congress leaders.

However, Congress from its inception was 'an institutionalized channel of communication between the rulers and the ruled.' Savarkar coined the phrase “The First War of Indian Independence” of 1857 while the colonial historians tried to dub it as 'Sepoy mutiny'. He was also one of the first Indian leader to have organized a mass bonfire of foreign goods. but also the first student to be rusticated from a government-aided institution for political purposes.
He was one of the first organized secret societies in India – the Mitra Mela (later became Abhinav Bharat) in the early 1900s that called for total and complete freedom. In London, he built a vast network of revolutionaries across Europe and also produced a huge corpus of intellectual output for the revolutionary movement.

He was also a voracious reader who read not only Marathi but world literature. Unlike most revolutionaries, who took inspiration from Marxist, he took inspiration from Italian revolutionaries like Mazzini and Garibaldi and Indian heroes like Shivaji.

He also contributed immensely to the purification of the Marathi language and introduction of new words for English equivalents.

Someone on Instagram wrote this (when writing about Bhagat Singh) 'Sadly, the right-wing has hijacked this Marx inspired martyr and has presented him as one of their own ideologue since they don't have a freedom fighter to take pride in.' LOL Let me introduce you to Vinayak Damodar Savarkar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting tribute to the great son of India
Reviewed in India on 25 August 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting tribute to the great son of India
Reviewed in India on 25 August 2019
Wonderful book. If you're open minded, you must read this book to know to know what Savarkar truly is.
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