David Mahal

Author, Entrepreneur, Academic


Originally from India, David Mahal has lived most of his life in the United States. After having his DNA analyzed through the National Geographic Society's Genographic Project, he developed an interest in genetics and genealogy. That led him to do further research into the genetic history of the Indian subcontinent, which resulted in his books, Before India: Exploring Your Ancestry with DNA, and Ancestral Roots of the Jats: DNA Revelations.

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Before India:
Exploring Your Ancestry with DNA


Before IndiaMirroring a multifaceted subject matter, Before India is a fascinating, well-researched amalgamation of genres—part genealogical guide, part ethnic history, part science exposé—that draws a more holistic picture of ancestry by combining these varied insights. And while this easy-to-read text is a perfect launching point for people whose ancestry ties them to the Indian subcontinent, any reader will benefit from suggestions on how to trace your lineage to an ancestral group going back thousands of years.

The book includes a research study of the ancestral origins of several key ethnic communities in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, along with some communities of Indian and Pakistani origin in a few other countries.

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Ancestral Roots of the Jats:
DNA Revelations


Ancestral Roots of the JatsThe Jats represent an ethnic community that has inhabited the northwest region of the Indian subcontinent (both in India and Pakistan) for several thousand years. This book is about the ancient origins of these people long before history books were written.

The Jat community is estimated to equal the combined population of France, Spain, and Portugal. Many members of this community are now scattered all over the world, including Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, United States, and New Zealand. They are affluent, educated, and influential in several fields. This book is a shorter version of Before India, and focuses specifically on this community.

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