Once Persia was conquered and his army expressed a desire to return to Greece – very few people know about this event – Alexander goaded them to go further east, where lay a vast land waiting to be conquered.
The irony, though, is that when Alexander and his army reached this vast land, after 10,000 miles and right years of marching and fighting, he mysteriously turned back at the banks of the Beas. The premise of my book is the possibility that Alexander came to India searching for the secret from the Mahabharata that would make him a god.
Most adults look at childhood wistfully, as a time when the biggest worry was a scraped knee, every adult was a source of chocolate and every fight lasted only till the next playtime.
Since time immemorial, children seem to have nailed the art of being joyful, and adults can learn a thing or two about stress-free living from them.
During these interactions, I share with them my experiences from researching historic locations, some dating back 5000 years in the past.The two examples that I usually give, which evoke a highly enthusiastic response from the youngsters in the audience, are with respect to the theory of the Aryan invasion of India (which has now been proven to be false after decades of being included in our curriculum as a historical fact) and the traditionally accepted theory, not based on science but assumption, of the dating of the Sphinx to around 2500 BC.Geological tests by Professor Robert Scoch of Boston University have now conclusively proved that the Sphinx is much older; as old as 7000 BC by some estimates.Alexander did not disclose to his army that they were going all the way to what is today called India.All he told them was that they were going to conquer Persia.