India: An Introduction is a highly readable and rewarding initiation into a complex, ancient civilization, by one of India's most widely read writers and journalists. Khushwant Singh tells the story of the land and its people from the earliest time to the present day. Through broad, vivid strokes he recounts the saga of the upheavals of a subcontinent over five millennia, and how their interplay over the centuries has molded the India of today. Moreover, Khushwant Singh offers perceptive insights into everything Indian that may catch one's eye or arouse one's curiosity: its ethnic diversity, religions, customs, philosophy, art and culture, political currents and the galaxy of men and women who have helped shape its intricately inlaid mosaic. He is also an enlightening guide to much else: India's extensive and varied architectural splendors, its art and classical literature.