Coromandel is a name which has been long applied by Europeans to the Northern Tamil Country, or to the eastern coast of the Peninsula of India. Coromandel journeys south, exploring the less well known, often neglected and very different history and identity of the pre-Aryan Dravidian south.
During Allen’s exploration of the Indian south he meets local historians, gurus and politicians and with their support uncovers certain extraordinary stories about the past. His sweeping narrative takes in the archaeology, religion, linguistics and anthropology of the region – and how these have influenced contemporary politics.
For decades Allen has travelled the length and breadth of India, revealing the spirit of the sub-continent through its history and people. In Coromandel, he moves through modern-day India, discovering as much about the present as he does about the past.
Charles Allen (born 1940) is a British freelance writer and popular historian who lives in London. His British parents were both born in India and his prolific works focus on the British Raj.