Prior to Independence, the British system of education was followed and after becoming free, the legacy of the British continues where Western views about India are taught while information which could arouse national feelings among the youth by reading about their country'sachievements, about one'sscience and technology, mathematics are not given importance either in books or in education. To fill this vacuum, the author has compiled a few facts about India'santiquity and provides questions and answers to enlighten the present generation. The author has asked questions on India?geographical information like its ancient name; how it got the name; the ancient name of the Indian Ocean; till where the Indian mainland stretches; what its area is; how it was divided into nine big physical regions according to the Puranas, etc.; rivers and mountains; ancient religious sites; the four centres of pilgrimage, etc.; the Vedas; the ancient-most language and scriptures; the meaning of Vedas, Smritis, Puranas and other treatise like the Panchatantra, Hitopdesha, Katha Saritsagar, Rajatarangini, poets and poetesses like Surdas, Tulsidas, Raskhan, Meerabai, Rabindranath Tagore and others. This is a handy ready-reckoner on India'sancient culture and social background.
(Suruchi Prakashan, Keshav Kunj, Jhandewalan, New Delhi-110 055.)