I came back home today with a book in my hand titled “Return of the Aryans” by Bhagawan Gidwani.

A friend who was at home that time exclaimed, “You’re reading about Aryans? What next can I expect on your book-shelf, Mein Kampf?!”

The term Aryan referred to in this book has nothing to do with the term that Hitler used to proclaim the supremacy of his race. Instead, it refers to the people who lived on the banks of the river Sindhu, who, in search of a perfect land roamed the earth, and on finding the futility decided to return back to their homes, back to Sindhu whence they came from. The term has it’s origins in the Sanskrit term Arya which means noble or honourable.

Thus, I was a bit confused on hearing his statement. When a term has multiple meanings, the one that a person remembers immediately is the one which he has been most exposed to. I realized that like many Indians today, this friend of mine had been exposed to the history, mythology, philosophy, culture of the whole world, except that of his own country.

/me shrugs….


About gautshen

A jack of many trades of which , Linux Kernel Programming puts food on the table. Also pursuing his PhD in the area Theoretical Computer Science at the Chennai Mathematical Institute. Is an avid reader interested in the Hindu traditions and philosophy. Loves Bicycling and Good Music. Name is Ranjal Gautham Shenoy.
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One Response to Aryans

  1. Krips says:

    A friend at home. I first thought it would be K but for him to know about mein kampf seems a bit of a stretch. 🙂

    Though this reminds me of your post on people preferring Windows to Linux. The sruff we are most comfortable with.

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