• Hamsini Hariharan

The Cholas: Conquerors of Oceans


This is Episode 26 of the The Pragati Podcast, hosted by Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath.

Is it true that the Indian civilisation never attempted to conquer anything beyond the subcontinent? Did Indian and the Chinese courts establish diplomatic relations as early as the 10th century? How did trade transform coastal cities in Medieval India?


The 26th episode of The Pragati Podcast goes back to one of the richest and easily overlooked dynasties in India: the Cholas. The hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan are joined by Devi Yesodharan, author of the historical fiction novel, Empire.


For more information, you can read the following:

Devi Yesodharan’s book, Empire.

Temples, Spice and Everything Nice.

Anirudh Kanisetti on geopolitics and socio-economic processes during the Chola age.

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