Land of seven rivers: History of India's Geography

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Penguin UK, Nov 15, 2012 - History - 192 pages
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DID THE GREAT FLOOD OF INDIAN LEGEND ACTUALLY HAPPEN? WHY DID THE BUDDHA WALK TO SARNATH TO GIVE HIS FIRST SERMON? HOW DID THE EUROPEANS MAP INDIA? The history of any country begins with its geography. With sparkling wit and intelligence, Sanjeev Sanyal sets off to explore India and look at how the country’s history was shaped by, among other things, its rivers, mountains and cities. Traversing remote mountain passes, visiting ancient archaeological sites, crossing rivers in shaky boats and immersing himself in old records and manuscripts, he considers questions about Indian history that we rarely ask: Why do Indians call their country Bharat? How did the British build the railways across the subcontinent? Why was the world’s highest mountain named after George Everest? Moving from the geological beginnings of the subcontinent to present-day Gurgaon, Land of the Seven Rivers is riveting, wry and full of surprises. It is the most entertaining history of India you will ever read.
  

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Excellently researched & very well narrated. - Goodreads
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And in the process it loses the plot. - Goodreads

Review: Land of the Seven Rivers: A Brief History of India's Geography

User Review  - Sanket Patil - Goodreads

Sanjeev Sanyal's Land of Seven Rivers: A Brief History of India's Geography ambitious, quite interesting in most parts, yet underwhelming. History of India is grand and fascinating. However, the ... Read full review

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User Review  - GYAN PRAKASH - Flipkart

This book is one of the best I have read on geography. The writing is very simple and makes you go along with the history. It gives an insight into who an Indian actually is!!!! Read full review

Contents

Dedication
Of Geneticsand Tectonics
The Age of Lions
The Age of Merchants
From Sindbad to Zheng
The Mappingof India 7 Trigonometry and Steam
Authors Note
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