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Abraham Eraly (August 15, 1934—April 8, 2015) was an Indian writer of history, a teacher, and the founder of Chennai-based magazine Aside.

Abraham Eraly
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Abraham Eraly
Native name അബ്രഹാം എരളി
Born (1934-08-15)August 15, 1934[1]
Ayyampalli, Kerala
Died April 8, 2015(2015-04-08) (aged 80)
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Madras Christian College[2]
Genres History, Fiction
Subject Indian history
Notable works The Mughal Throne: The Saga of India's Great Emperors
Spouse Sita Eraly[2]
Children Satish Eraly[2]
Penguin India


Early lifeEdit

Abraham Eraly was born in the village of Ayyampalli in Ernakulam district, Kerala on August 15, 1934.[1] He studied History at a college in Ernakulam and followed it up with a post-graduate degree in the same subject at Madras Christian College in Chennai.[1] He became a Professor of History at MCC in 1971.[1]

Bored with the monotony of teaching,[3] Eraly resigned his professorship in 1977 and founded the Chennai-based magazine Aside, India's first English-language city magazine. Following financial difficulties, it closed in 1997.[4]

Literary careerEdit

Eraly's earliest publications were poems and short stories.[5] His historical writing career started while at Madras Christian College.[1] Dissatisfied with the material he used to teach history, he began to write a series of books on Indian history.[5] The Gem in the Lotus covered its earliest period, while The Last Spring continued the narration to the end of the Mughal Empire.

In 2014, he published a book on the Delhi Sultanate, The Age of Wrath.

Later lifeEdit

In 2011, Eraly moved to Pondicherry, where he lived in Sarathambal Nagar.[1]

Abraham Eraly died at the JIPMER hospital on April 8, 2015, following a paralytic attack.[1]



Many of his books were divided and re-published under different names leading to multiple titles. The Last Spring: The Lives and Times of Great Mughals was re-published in two parts: The Last Spring Part I (alternatively known as The Mughal Throne and Emperors Of The Peacock Throne) and The Last Spring Part II (alternatively known as The Mughal World).



  1. ^ a b c d e f g S., Ramanathan (April 14, 2015). "An Incomplete Spring: The Life and Death of Abraham Eraly". The News Minute. 
  2. ^ a b c "Abraham Eraly dead". The Hindu. April 14, 2015. 
  3. ^ Muthiah, S. (20 April 2015). "An author who deserved better". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Venkatraman, Janaki (January 1, 2004). "A Voice from Aside". In Lakshmi, C. S. The Unhurried City: Writings on Chennai. Penguin Books India. p. 41. ISBN 978-0-14-303026-3. 
  5. ^ a b Varma, Shreekumar (May 17, 2001). "Pages from his story". The Hindu. 

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