Today’s weekly Friday LBC blog post topic was suggested by me and there is a bit of history attached to that choice. Originally, the topic was something else recommended by another LBC blogger who decided not to be one any more and also insisted that the topics recommended by her be removed. At short notice, I had to replace all those topics till the end of this year with my own at considerable frustration. History came to mind as one of the topics as I was then reading a book on history about which I shall write later in this post.
All of us have studied some history or the other in school and perhaps even during higher studies. We also are capable of coming up with our own history and perhaps even histories of some others! In fact, many of the LBC posts end up producing some kind of history or the other even when deliberately not trying to do so. Our lives are so tied up with our histories that it is indeed difficult not to talk about the past when we are talking about the present or the future.
Coming to the book that inspired this topic, it is a very unusual book by an Israeli historian called “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari. It surveys the history of humankind from the evolution of archaic human species in the Stone Age up to the twenty-first century. Rather than talk more about it here, I request that you go to the link given and get a good idea about it.
I personally found it fascinating and very unputdownable. If you are interested in learning about us human beings with a historic perspective, I strongly recommend your reading it.
It is a book that is bound to be highly stimulating reading.
The other book that influenced this topic is “Gods, Sages And Kings” by David Frawley. This is a book about the Vedic secrets of India’s ancient civilisation. It makes for heavy reading even for someone interested in the topic like me and unless you are seriously interested in India, Vedas etc, it is best to leave it alone. The author‘s is a fascinating story and you might like to explore that at leisure.
Among my reading interests, history is almost at the top along with philosophy and Indian authors, but this book is a very unusual choice even for me.