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Land of the Seven Rivers (English)

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Language: English
Length: 352 Pages
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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Moving from the geological beginnings of the subcontinent to present day Gurgaon: from the Stone Age to the Information Age, this is a riveting and wry book, full of surprises!

Specifications of Land of the Seven Rivers (English) (Hardcover)

Book Details
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
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 223.0 inch
Width 1.24 inch
Depth 0.74 inch
Contributors
Author Sanjeev Sanyal
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Arvind Sethi
30 Dec 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...
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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...
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. That there was probably a major river called the Saraswati, where the Ghaggar is in Haryana today, which was the actual cradle of the Indo Saraswati civilisation. It was the drying up of this river that caused the migration to the Ganges and not an Aryan invasion, as is popular lore. That this is the only land which has both the lion and the tiger!

Sanyal simply amazes you with his capacious knowledge and you wonder how one person can know so much about so many things.

He has drawn on the research of many people and added his observations. You will not agree with everything, but anyone who reads this book cannot but be filled with wonderment.

Arvind Sethi

10 of 10 users found this review helpful.
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Akhilesh Mishra
14 Mar 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 hi...
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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 hi...
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 historical rigor, on what has till now been a primarily distorted picture of our history advanced by colonial historians. For this reason alone, this book must be read.

6 of 6 users found this review helpful.
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Indira Menon
07 Jan 2013
A Really Fascinating Book

Once you pick up this book to read, you simply cannot put it down! It tells the history of the Indian civilisation through the ages in such an easy to understand style.

I think every Indian should certainly read this book. It will give you so much of insight into this country and its people, and you imbibe so much of history along this fascinating journey with the author.

Indira Menon

6 of 6 users found this review helpful.
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Archit Sharma
04 Feb 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......

6 of 7 users found this review helpful.
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tank man
19 Jan 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 anecdotes...
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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 anecdotes...
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 anecdotes , trivia and lot of local stories which are useful for a tourist guide but not for a history reader.

The views of author on slums around a city and path of
transformation of a village to suburban and then to urban in the liberal India are amazing. Its good to read a popular economic cum geology cum historical book on India.

But there are few faults. The caption of the book is " A brief history of India's geography " . But there is less geography, it's not even history in the back drop of geography. Definitely not a reference book for either history or geography of India.

Author has mentioned " Rudrama devi of Golconda". Its a blunder.

Cover page of the book is the geographical map of India showing its rivers. In those rivers Godavari is missing. As name is the book is " land of seven rivers", graphic designer , author and publishers should have checked if the map on the cover page is correct. The word Geography on the cover page made it look more silly.

But, on the whole, it's a good read. It just didnt deliver what I expected from the book title.

62% of 21 users found this review helpful.

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GYAN PRAKASH
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Dr. Malati
24 Jul 2014
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Land of the Seven Rivers

The book was received on time, and in great condition.

I learnt a lot about India, its geography and its ancient history, etc. The only disappointing thing was that the author never tried to explain what went wrong during the last thousand years; India which was so great during the first millenn...
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SIDHARTH BHAN
22 Jul 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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    Book: Land of the Seven Rivers (English) by Sanjeev Sanyal
    ISBN Number: 0670086398, 9780670086399, 978-0670086399

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