The Lost River: On the Trail of the Sarasvatī

Front Cover
Penguin Books India, 2010 - India - 357 pages
3 Reviews
The Indian subcontinent was the scene of dramatic upheavals a few thousand years ago. The Northwest region entered an arid phase, and erosion coupled with tectonic events played havoc with river courses. One of them disappeared. Celebrated as Sarasvati in the Rig Veda and the Mahabharata, this river was rediscovered in the early nineteenth century through topographic explorations by British officials. Recently, geological and climatological studies have probed its evolution and disappearance, while satellite imagery has traced the river s buried courses and isotope analyses have dated ancient waters still stored under the Thar Desert.

In the same Northwest, the subcontinent s first urban society the Indus civilization flourished and declined. But it was not watered by the Indus alone: since Aurel Stein s expedition in the 1940s, hundreds of Harappan sites have been identified in the now dry Sarasvati s basin. The rich Harappan legacy in technologies, arts and culture sowed the seeds of Indian civilization as we know it now.

Drawing from recent research in a wide range of disciplines, this book discusses differing viewpoints and proposes a harmonious synthesis a fascinating tale of exploration that brings to life the vital role the lost river of the Indian desert played before its waters gurgled to a stop.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - sriram_shankar - LibraryThing

This is a very good book. We may be the most technologically advanced humans ever in our history, but the survival of our lifestyles and institutions depends on water. This realization makes us look ... Read full review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

wow....idont know how to express my happiness .INDIAN LEFT people get major stroke through this book

Contents

THE LOST RIVER OF THE INDIAN DESERT
7
THE MIGHTY SARASVATÍ 3535353535
35
NEW LIGHT ON AN ANCIENT RIVER 5757575757
57
INDIA T 2 INDIA T 2 INDIA T 2 INDIA T 2 INDIAS FIRST CIVILIZA
81
THE INDUS CITIES 100100100100100
100
FROM THE INDUS TO THE SARASVATÍ 122122122122122
122
NEW HORIZONS 155155155155155
155
WHEN RIVERS GO HAYWIRE 171171171171171
171
THE TANGIBLE HERITAGE 191191191191191
191
THE INTANGIBLE HERITAGE 225225225225225
225
THE SARASVATÍS TESTIMONY 252252252252252
295

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information