Help Cibi To Publish Illustrated Books On The History Of Ancient India

Greetings. As you all know, there are hundreds of books on the history of Rome, Egypt, Babylon, China which are spectacularly illustrated. There isn't one book that represents the history of our homeland India, in particular the Mauriyan timeline - the India which Megesthenes saw, the India that Chanakya and Ptolemy wrote about, the India that Greeks saw and Alexander wished to conquer.

We have planned take up this project and complete it within 2020. It is an undertaking as expansive as the history of India herself. We cannot do it without your help. In order to engage the future generations of India and grab their interest young, we need to have illustrations that are comparable or surpassing the best books out there. There are numerous excellent illustrators world-wide and I am in the process of engaging with them. We don't want to compromise on the quality but, it does come at a cost.

In addition to requesting for generous donations, we are also actively seeking suggestions for a suitable title for the book and areas of ancient history that must be represented.  

 Our target is to complete it by the year 2020 and dedicate it to Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Sir's vision 2020. His birthday is what we are aiming for in all earnest. We also have our next vision planned and are super excited about it - a series of Children's books which expand on the foundation laid in this book. We will have our hands busy till 2030.  We will flood the market with authentic history aided by kid-friendly colourful pictures and digital art. If you share our vision, please donate for our cause generously. Let's own our history. Jai Hind !
Every day life of Ancient Indians are to be depicted with much details
Every day life of Ancient Indians are to be depicted with much details
The book pages are going to look like this with lot of illustrations
The book pages are going to look like this with lot of illustrations
Detailed colourful illustrations like this are yet to be commissioned
Detailed colourful illustrations like this are yet to be commissioned
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13th July 2018
Date Change:

Since the Book Project is huge and ambitious one with more than 150+ pages of colourful illustrations that accurately depict the grandeur of the Classical India, it takes lot of time to collect 120+ reference books of History, make the draft, finding the artists, commissioning the illustration and finally to put the book together.

The Dead line is at the end of 2020 or so. Hence the date change. 
1st July 2018
References, Literature review, Chapters, contents 

Time period : 400 BCE to 300 CE
first few pages of Indus - Saraswati civilization needed ?Individual topic will have north south Variations. Should incorporate spacial and temporal variations. ( Look for more books in university Catalogue )Chapter 1 : The raise of Great kingdoms: Mahajanapadas
1.1 Life in the cities city structure,layout, town planning.  forts, moats, gates,  bridges Forts: Refer: Forts in india ( see chrome book marks ) ( adding infor about vastu Vidya similar to manasallosa )
refer: 1. Eassay on the architecture of the Hindus by Ram Raz  The ancient and medieval architecture of India: a study of Indo-Aryan civilisation( village / town plans )  Primitive Indian architecture by Benoy Ghose, Binaẏa Ghosha 5.  Villages, towns, and secular buildings in ancient India: c. 150 B. C.-c. 350 A. Amita Ray  Magadha architecture ( from my articles-books to read folder )       Section 1: History of Magadha Chapter 1 : rajagriha       Chapter 2: pataliputra7.  Books of Krishnamurthy in general 8. Glimpses of Art, Architecture, and Buddhist Literature in Ancient India by K. Krishna Murthy 9.   Early Indian Secular Architecture by K. Krishnamurthy 10.  Study of secular architecture of structural remains from excavated sites 6th C BC to 2nd C AD in IndiaResearcher: Kokate, Archana Arvind 11.  Early Indian Residential Architecture by Munni Pareek
12.  Cities of Ancient India bz Baij Nath Puri 13. check bibiliothek catalogue ( early indian secular architecture and look from page 3 onwards (14.  Town Planning in Ancient India By Binode Behari Dutt          ( IT IS THERE in archieves, check clearly, i saw - karthik ) 14.  Fortified Cities of Ancient India: A Comparative Study1.1. Roads:---------------------------------------Roads: 15 types: Raja marga : high way, sthaniya patha : provincial roads, leading to administrative head quartersDronamukhapatha : path to sea ? ( dronakam means city near by sea _ sankara narayanan ) viveta patha leading to pasture lands Samaniya patha: leading to market townsvyuha patha, path of the army setupatha, leading to irrigated fields ( bridges ?! ) vanapatha, road to forests hasthipatha, the path for elephants kshethrapatha, leading to cultivated fields Rathapatha, the road for charioteers Pasupatha, the road for cattle kshudrapashupatha, road for smaller animalsmanushyapatha: path for men---------------------------------------------1.1.2 Houses and streets, plumbing and drainage, well and fountains Houses:                  House of Rich                         Palaces and Mansions                         Pillars                  house of poor outside of the cities , the country side, villages  Refer:Village and Village Life in Ancient India: A Study of Village and Village Life in Northern India from 6th Century BC to 1st Century AD by Kiran Kumar Thaplyal layout of the villagesPeople living in the forest:food: gazelle, porkupine, deer, toddy, boar, millet, honeythe forest tribes, everyday life in the forest. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------      collect details about northern blackware and greyware pottery - needed everywhere1. architecture ( nice to haves )  : Road laying scenes   Building of arches,  monumentsTemple building scene,  Vihars, Chaithyas ( in Religion ? ) multistorey buildings ( must have )---------------------------------------------------------------------
2.  Agriculture : Farming: methods, details - crop cultivation,agriculture officer = Sitadhyaksha
  3 irrigation: farming  Water from River - canals --> cistern / reservoir --> lead pipes --> fountains  Wells,  sluice gates,  water management   Dam by karikala , Digging wells ? etc ( in irrigation )  
 food and drink : grains and pulses fruits, vegetalables,cooking methods ,meat  restaurants ( in amusements as well ),Types of grain : rice wheat Pulses : Cereals, lentils types of meat: peacock, hornbill,
  1.a Drink wine, toddy, coconut, lassi ?!  etc  Liquior shop.
  5. Society and order :  smrithi, dharmashastras   4 Varna and Jati   Chandalas and the out castes  Dasa or labourers ?
 6. Occupation:priestly: scribes academics scholarswarriortraders merchants farmers, - diaryartisans   Textile processes. Textiles in ancient India: from Indus Valley Civilization to Maurya period by Kiran Singh  Jewelry and gem stones  Pearl farming , coral farming  Mining, metal works, jewelry( 3 floor Jewelry workshop in underground )glass ?pottery,  Refer Pottery in India by Gurcharan Singh
carpentry tool making, masonry, sculptures menial labours  Makers and Shapers: Early Indian Technology in the Household, Village, and Urban Workshop by Shereen Ratnagar  Mining and metallurgy in ancient India by Rina Shrivastava
 Metal implements in ancient India: from earliest times upto circa 2nd century B.C. by Jagadamba Prasad Upadhyaya
Women,  household  children and growing up
4. Administration:Political divisions north and south differences in north and south Dynasties the King and his duties and schedule ministers, and their duties civil service officers                    employees, hierarchy, officers, rules, Pay grade revenue and taxes ReferThe Mouse Merchant: Money in Ancient India by Arshia Sattar
 7. War and Army  War elephants,  Charioteers and chariots ) rathadhyaksha Maintaining war activities, cavalry, infantry and navy of the south  naval officer = navadhyaksha
Greeks defeat. Gautamiputra satakarni defeating the satraps ( indo scythians )
8. Trade:   8.b market scene: stuff they sold price system coins, barter shops   collect details about coinsyudheya coins contain murugan - add Wholesale trade Imports and exports exotic animal tradesPort cities - Tamralipti, Puhar and korkai, muziris, baruch--------------------------Trades, missionaries, ambassadors, merchants and foreigners ?-----------------------------
9. Clothing, jewelry and fashion. look in google images “Fashion in mauryan” “satvahana fashion, clothing”  1. Hair Styles in Ancient Indian Art by K. Krishna Murthy
10 Learning and art: Music and dancepaintingscript and writing ? Universities ? Takshasila and its buildings ?! ( mentioning Nalanda would be great ) Rock crving  
for sculpture designs and patterns and sculptures, reliefs :
1)  Mythical Animals in Indian Art By K. Krishna Murthy ornamentation in indian art ?! ( book name - verify )3)  Crafts and Technology in Ancient India: From the Earliest Times to the Gupta Period Ardhendusekhar Ray Indian Art: A history of Indian art from the earliest times up to the third century A.D by Vasudeva Sharana Agrawala  Fine arts & technical sciences in ancient India, with special reference to Someśvara's Mānasollāsa📷Śivaśekhara Miśra 11. Literature: Buddhist jataka tales, Panchatantra, Ramayana, Mahabharata  Jain, buddhist literature ?  
12.   Scientific Advancements Astronomy and mathematics  (Contact Prince Anand, CK Raju’s books )  Infinity foundation: the history of science and technology in India.
13.   Medicine and Health: surgery Ayurveda,Siddha  Veterinaryhospital details
 14. Ecology: Forestry : Thapovana  and animal husbandry ,bird expertsgardens and parks water management ?  14. Religion Philosophy Dharma Purusharthas Vedic philosophy and upanishads.Revering the nature as sacred (  M.L. Varadpande  book )Hindu gods and puranas, ( agamas ?! ) Life of Buddha Mahavir The Sadh-darshanasYoga, hermitage. Temple building, pilgrimages, sadhu sanyasis, Bikshus, digambarasastrologers, soothsayers, black magic people.  festivals customs Rituals and practices - Samskaras ( wedding ) , Yagnas. garland making ( occupation / acceseries ?! ) cremation ?  Śrī Rāma in Art, Archaeology & Literature by Bindeshwari Prasad Sinha
 Brāhmanism, Jainism, and Buddhism in Āndhra Dēśa by P. Arundhati  Leisure / past time :games and sports stadiums ( in sports, leisure ? ) Dice game Chariot, Bull races ( in hippodrome like structure ) Water sport references ? Animal fights, ( Rhinoceros, rooster fight recorded ) Drama and theatre ( Refer  M.L. Varadpande  books )Dance :Natyashastra of Bharata MuniWrestling
   History of Indian Theatre, Volume 1 By M. L. Varadpande, Manohar Laxman
 Tales of Ancient Indiaby  University of Chicago Press Legacy ?scythians or the sakas loved the land so much that they become hinduised. ( converted to buddhism ) buddhism influenced sassanids and resulted in the creation of manicheaism. Remove everything else. parthian buddhist missionaries translated buddhist pali text to chinese, the first of its kind. Thats it. not more than one line. indo greek kingdom - indian art influenced greek works, milinda converting to buddhhism. Thats it. no more mentioning of hybrid empires.
youdheyas, arjunyas came after them - arjunyas shiva devotees ( coin in coin section )

Nice to have in the images:Indian birds,  ( refer birds mentioned in sanskrit literature ) animals pottery of mauryan, satvahana and Tamil sculptures, temple towers, ornaments of later period. add fun activities, to do stuff for each chapter.
Questions to be answers 1. How much of Indo-greeks, indo-scythians, indo-parthnians to be added ? all together some 10% may be. not more than that
  References :   Merchants of Tamilakam   Chandragupta maurya and his times   India’s secular architecture.  Magadha architecture  ( Description of Rajagriha )  artha shastra layout and illustration  fb posts of meenakshi devaraj for malai padukadam, perumpanatrupadai , kalithogai, silapathikaram website India: The Ancient Past: A History of the Indian Subcontinent from c. 7000 ...By Burjor Avari
 Life in Ancient India: As Depicted in the Dhammapada-Aṭṭhakathā by Bandana Mukhopadhyay
Life in North-eastern India in Pre-Mauryan Times: With Special Reference to C. 600 B.C.-325 B.C. by Madan Mohan Sing
Corporate life in ancient India by Ramesh Chandra Majumdar  India as Described by Early Greek Writers bz Baij Nath Puri general books by  Baij Nath Puribooks by  Anant Sadashiv Altekar
Nice Pictorial books:1) Ancient India By Daud Ali
2)  Life in the Ancient Indus River Valley by Hazel Richardson
3) The Technology of Ancient India By Gina Hagler
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