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Land of the Seven Rivers: A Brief History of India's Geography (English)

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Land of the Seven Rivers: A Brief History of India's Geography (English) (Hardcover) Price: Rs. 2,138

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; 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, Sanyal raises important, perennial questions about Indian history. Why do Indians call their country Bharat? How did the British build the railways across the subcontinent? What was it like to sail on an Indian Ocean merchant ship in the fifth century AD? Why was the world's highest mountain named after George Everest?
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Specifications of Land of the Seven Rivers: A Brief History of India's Geography (English) (Hardcover)

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Publisher Penguin Publishing Group
ISBN-10 0670086398
Edition 1st Edition
Imprint Penguin Global
Number of Pages 352 Pages
Publication Year 2013 February
Language English
ISBN-13 9780670086399
Binding Hardcover
Dimensions
Weight 520.0 Grams
Height 8.77 inch
Width 1.24 inch
Depth 0.74 inch
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Author Sanjeev Sanyal
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SIDHARTH BHAN

Jul 22, 2014

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Interesting

....Definitely a unique and interesting view of presenting History interwined with Geography...

If for nothing - read it to refresh yourself - before teaching yr school going kids - history or geography of India...
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Indira Menon

Apr 13, 2014

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What a book!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'Land of the Seven Rivers'. Every Indian especially one who loves history will love this book. It has given me so many facts about my heritage with great attention to detail. The places mentioned have been clearly enunciated and I hope to visit many of these places one d… (View complete review)
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Anonymous

Dec 20, 2013

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Interesting book, more like trivia rather than history of geography

The book is a simple, interesting read. If you buy this expecting a detailed history of forces/factors that may have affected India's geographical features, you wont find it here. Nevertheless if you just seek to know more about India, interesting snippets of history, informative stories, etc, this … (View complete review)
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Sesh Raj Hamm

Nov 16, 2013

More than 25 history facts never taught in school

Excellent book that presents many new developments in understanding India's past. Skimpy on south India even though the author claims lack of sources. Easy to read and fascinating conversation starter.
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sudhir mahapatra

Nov 5, 2013

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one of its kind

really first time some body clearly stated with proof that we all indian are same, thre is no arya or dravid. rather it was created by the british to destroy the indian unity. also many accounts of geographical causes of the history. the book speaks about contemporary history rather than dates and n… (View complete review)

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Arvind Sethi

Dec 30, 2012

A Book Every Indian, Young and Old, Must Read

In a recent interview with Aung San Suu Kyi she was asked about 'India' and she replied - "I prefer to refer to it a a land, it is so much more romantic." The title of this book reflects that beautiful sentiment and its pages thrill and surprise you with little known facts about our land, the sub continent, withouts its modern political borders.

Did you know that the Aravalli's are part of Rodinia, which pre dates Pangea and Gondwanaland, one of the oldest, if not the oldest land mass in the world. And that it may have been as high as the Himalaya's hundreds of million years ago.
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Akhilesh Mishra

Mar 14, 2013

Excellent Read

This is an excellent book. For a history buff like me, this book is a treasure trove of information with an expanse that covers 5000 years. From Aravalis, Rodinia, the mythical Sarswati, Ghaggar, to Maurya empire to Mughals to present day urban planing - the expanse of the book is really what makes it a must have in any personal library.

One further advice - In the past few years the democratization of media that has taken place due to advent of social media has altered many a perspective on what we considered to be truth earlier. Similarly, this book sheds complete new light, and with
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Archit Sharma

Feb 4, 2013

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Awsome Book

Nice book it has some really mind boggling facts of pre independence and Indian History.
A must buy for people who have an interest in Indian History...

Some topics are really nice like the comparison of River Saraswati with Ganga, Mahabharat, Ramayan are they real or just a story created, rise & fall of great kingdoms like Maurayans, Mughals, trade history of India with rest of the world this book really digs deep into the facts and really makes you think......
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tank man

Jan 19, 2013

misleading title

The book received good reviews on flipkart.com. So, I ordered it.

Initially it is more like a book by Romila Thapar, I.e explained geology and then started real history. This technique is followed till the end of Harappan civilization. After that the economist in the author woke up and delivered opinions on historical develoments. The economic view of history is really interesting.

History was explained in a linear fashion till Mughals. From that point, he started on hopping. Author mentioned importance of lot of things in and around Delhi which are not famous tourist spots. Few
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Shashi Paul

Jan 17, 2013

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Land of the seven rivers

A wonderful book and must read for all Indians. The author has really done a commendable work. This book is very informative and joins many dots in the history of India. Once you start reading this book it is difficult to stop. It touches upon all aspects including flora and fauna also. Importance of lion in the history is dealt in a very elaborate manner.
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Sajiv Kurup

Dec 21, 2012

First to review
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Good book on Indian history and geography

Its a quick read and doesn't bore you.
The author has thrown light on the fact that through centuries India progressed through urbanization, whether it was Harrappa,Pataliputra or Kolkata.
It has got a different view on the Aryan-Dravidian race angle.
Laced with interesting facts about India should be made school textbook.
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Debojit Dey

Feb 20, 2013

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A book that clears a lot of propaganda

A very nicely written book. I specially liked this book since it tried to uncover the layers of propaganda on our historical outlook brought about because of so many years of foreign domination.

The only area I found the book lacking is, I expected more maps and pictoral representations etc. Guess it could have raised the cost.

Overall a book every Indian should read and should encourage their children to read.

Kudos Sanjeev Sanyal.
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ripan biswas.

Aug 17, 2013

a great book.

this book provides us a new angle to look into in our history. historians in colonial time like max muller, vincent smith were not above doubt. sometimes they misinterpreted our ancient texts like vedas, and puranas by mistake or may be knowingly. because our ancient texts were older than the history of christianity. so, there came a controversy over validity of christianity. according to old testament bishop usher calculated that the gensis took place in around 4000 bc. but, in puranas, the idea of four eons (chaturjug) had smashed the idea of bishop usher. it threatens the foundation of chri
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chitranjan sood

Apr 8, 2013

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A must read

This is a wonderful book and has uncovered a number of untouched aspects in India's geography and history. Best thing is Sanjeev does not seem to have any kind of baggage, a typical historian might have. He has analyzed the facts very objectively and all the assumptions have been made on a very sound logic. Also the book is easy to read and divided very judiciously in various sections and readers are less likely to get confused navigating through the book. Anecodotes are also intelligently interspersed. All in all a great book for anyone wanting to know more about some uncovered facts about ou
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Parthasarathy Bhaskar

Mar 28, 2013

Mostly Derivative


Was a good refresher course on history . It was not filled with amazing original insights like say a John Keay, but most of its insights seem to be derived from these very famous books already written. This suspicion i had was confirmed, once i looked at the footnotes he mentions. But still, I think this book is simple to read and serves as a bridged version of all the great books already written about India. An excellent book to start the data mining process of our country.

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