This is an historically oriented account of Indian philosophy from the days of the Rig-Veda on. As such it's interesting and informative, if not up to date.
Indian philosophy is a very complex subject with a lot of subtle distinctions and technical language. It is hard to follow no matter how it is approached, but Dasgupta' begin-at-the-beginning approach at least provides some context. However it is not easy going, given the nature of the subject and the amount of area covered. This isn't a book for bathroom reading, but it will provide the interested reader with a general background on the subject.
This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.
In this benchmark five-volume study, Surendranath Dasgupta examines the principal schools of thought that define Indian philosophy. Volume I offers an examination of the Vedas and the Brahmanas, the earlier Upanisads, and the six systems of Indian philosophy.