Christopher C. Doyle is an author who transports the reader into a fascinating world where ancient secrets buried in legends blend with science and history to create a gripping story. His debut novel The Mahabharata Secret was released on 21 October 2013 by Om Books.
Here is the full text (Edited version) of his TEDx Talk titled “Unanswered – Mysteries from the Mahabharata” at TEDxYouth@NMS conference.
So I’ve been called a “tail spinner,” a “wordsmith,” in the promotions for this TED talk, but I’m not spinning any tails today.
I’m going to be presenting before you facts based in science and history, and I’m going to leave you to take a call for yourselves on what this all means.
We all know this gentleman as Alexander the Great. Everyone is familiar with him. But did you know that there is absolutely no archaeological evidence to prove that Alexander the Great existed? That’s not in history books.
Everything we know about this man comes from the writings by three historians who lived between 150 and 400 years after Alexander died: Strabo, Arrian and Plutarch.
But Alexander is not mythology; he is history.
So, I’m going to explore some unanswered questions from the Mahabharata which I’ve been researching now for about 12 years. And I’m not going to give you answers, but I’m going to give you some thoughts which I hope will challenge you to be curious about what could be and what is.