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

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Land of the Seven Rivers A Brief History of India's Geography by Sanjeev Sanyal We live on the ground floor and, to our right, is an empty flat. The other day, the absentee landlady was over as she's ... Read full review

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Liked the first half which gives some interesting info and makes some bold statements. The last chapter dealing with post-independence India was uninteresting and stale to say the least. Edited later ... Read full review


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