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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Amazingly easy to read and rich with details. - Flipkart
Easy to read and fascinating conversation starter. - Flipkart
It gives an insight into who an Indian actually is!!!! - Flipkart

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

User Review  - Krishna - Goodreads

A very entertaining and interesting exploration of the influence of geography on Indian history. Excellent chapters on the river Saraswati, and the demographic consequences of its disappearance; the ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Drsachinjadhav Jadhav - Goodreads

A concise write-up which is undoubtedly born out of voluminous reading and passionate travel. It shows some glittering gems of personal opinion and conclusions, but this imparts the flavour which ... Read full review


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