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on 13 June 2017
I have not seen the accompanying TV show.
The book as a very broad overview. Nothing is covered in detail but it does give a good flavour of the history of India. It's a good starting point.
The book is quite disjointed, which appears to be down to the fact that the history of India is not completely linear, and the author tries to throw in a travel guide layer to the book.
On the Kindle edition I found the maps to be awful (this is the same with pretty much any embedded map on Kindle) - far too small and unclear.
If the job of the book was to encourage me to dig deeper then it succeeded. I know have enough names of rulers etc, for the period i'm interested in, as a starting point to reading further elsewhere.
I also purchased the audible version of the book. It, obviously, suffers from the lack of maps and not being able to see how the names are written. On a positive note the narrator (who is not the author) reads it at a decent pace. I am, however, a little confused if the weird pronunciations were directed (e.g. Himalayas and Darius are pronounced in a very weird way).