Read another interesting piece from Pt. Rahul Sankrityayn. It’s not a travelogue. The concept of this book is very interesting. Through one story each set up in a different era starting from 6000 B.C. to 1942 A.D. he has tried to follow the history of Aryans since the time they stayed on the banks of Volga till they migrated to India (up to the plains of Ganges) and developed the peculiar culture and place that we know as India. The most impressive thing about the book is the way deep research in the evolution of this civilization has been conveyed through interesting and simple stories. I, personally, felt the bias in interpretation which was leaning towards how communists would want to see the history, but that does not take away the joy of the book and appreciation of the amount of knowledge this person has about the history and the literature. If after reading all the Vedic books, all the Buddhist literature, all the historians, all the evidences from almost everything on the earth, he makes fun of all the religions, portrays all the philosophy and religion as a propagandas of those hungry for power, makes all the “great” poets and saints the history has produced a mere yes-men of the kings in power, proves that all these Vishnu-avatars (the several forms in which Lord Vishnu is supposed to have come to the earth) were essentially created for building an aura around the personalities of then existing kings and princes, and makes just a marketing-man even out of Lord Buddha (for whose religion he himself had left Hinduism), then even if years of conditioning in you revolts, even if the anti-extremism in you disagrees, something else in you starts giving in. Biases recognized, too strong an opinion about a world not seen by anyone acknowledged, it’s still a nice to read book, which adds a lot to your knowledge and perspective on history. Some of the later stories, closer to us in the history, seem laden with facts and figures, but you can get on with them. Trace your genesis – its interesting.
Even if you do not know Hindi or are not comfortable with it I recommend trying to locate a translation. His books have been translated in several languages, that I know for sure. Availability today is something I am not sure of. However, from the information given on this page http://www.lib.washington.edu/Southasia/guides/hindilit.html it might still be possible to locate a copy somewhere in some library –
Sankrtyayana, Rahula, 1893-1963. [Volga se Ganga]
From Volga to Ganga: a picture in nineteen stories of the historical, economic and political evolution of the human society from 6000 B.C. to 1922 A.D. Trans. by Victor Kiernan. Bombay: People’s Publication House, 1947. 253 p.; 2nd ed. Mussoorie, India: Rahula Publications, 1953. 256 p.
Well do not know if there was an addition later, but the edition I have has 20 stories, the last one being setup in 1942.