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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
    • Genre: History
    • ISBN: 9780719560057, 0719560055
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    Empires Of The Indus: The Story Of A River is a blend of travel and historical writing, which describes the history of the civilization along the course of the great river, Indus.

    Summary Of The Book

    One of the largest rivers of the world, the Indus is a major Asian river. It rises in Tibet’s mountains and flows west across Northern India, and through the neighbouring Pakistan. Considered as the river that fed civilizations since the beginning of time, the Indus is worshipped. Around 5000 years ago, it was on the banks of the Indus that a civilization grew and prospered. The repeated mention of this river in India’s most ancient text, the Rig Veda, shows the importance of this river in the history of this region.

    Empires Of The Indus: The Story Of A River takes the readers on a journey along the 2000 miles of the river, illuminating its history, as well as its relevance today. Albinia reveals the glory of the Indus, its rich heritage, and how the river has now been reduced to half of its former glory.

    It was the all-pervading presence of the Indus in India’s history that prompted Albinia to find out more about this enchanting river, worshipped by peasants and sung about by poets. In her explorations along the banks of this river, she discovers and reveals some enchanting, intriguing, mesmerizing and even horrifying truths about the history of these ancient civilizations.

    The historical river has been frequented by several explorers from around the world. Conquering the Indus Valley and plundering its riches, was the mission of several explorers and traders. The Greeks, the Afghans, and the Britishers waded through the Indus, and plundered the riches of this fertile land.

    Albinia traces this river’s path from Karachi, Pakistan, to India, and then up to Tibet. In this entertaining book, she gives penetrating insights about the river and its civilizations. She uncovers historical truths, cultures, traditions, political inclinations and agendas, during the course of her journey. Her travels are interspersed with interviews with various people from different strata of the society. From the Bhangi community in Karachi, Albinia meets different people who help her understand the background of the Indus region.

    The author faces a daunting journey, sometimes hiding herself in a burka, at other times trekking punishing mountain ranges. Empires Of The Indus: The Story Of A River has won several awards. It won the only prize awarded in the UK for travel related books, the Dolman Best Travel Book Award, and also the Somerset Maugham Award and the Jerwood Prize.

    About Alice Albinia

    Born in 1976, in London, England, Alice Albinia is a journalist, editor, and author.

    The other book written by Albinia is Leela’s Book: A Novel.

    Albinia completed her graduation from Cambridge University. She then moved to Delhi for two and a half years and worked as a journalist and editor for several newspapers and magazines. She travelled around the country to write features and articles. It was during this period that she decided to write a book on the Indus river and its history. She moved back to London in 2002, to complete her MA in South Asian history.

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    • John Murray
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    • Alice Albinia
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    • 1.02 Inches (US)
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    • 7.76 Inches (US)
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    • 5.12 in
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    • 284.0 Grams
    Ratings and Reviews
    4.6
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    8 Out of 10!!!

    This book has been written in the form of a historical travelogue and makes for quite an interesting read. However, book is not even half as interesting as the authors' actual journey might have been.

    The author, Alice Albinia travels through Pakistan, India and finally Tibet to trace the route of the river and the historical significance of the places that lie on her route, right from Alexander's exploits in the region, to the spread of Sikhism, to the cultures of Mohenjodaro-Harappa and L...
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    Sid Gaur

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    25 Sep, 2011

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    Value-for-money

    Good book. A sure purchase if you like to know read history in a fictional manner. The book covers almost all the areas of Indus history with good print send above all good service from Flipkart
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    Worth every penny

    Brilliant!
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    Nawab

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    Echo of the Flowing water

    This is not the description of experiences during travelling. It is the unravelling of the cultures, civilizations along the sacred river Indus.
    Really this is not only worth reading no of time, but through the reading of this book, mind unravels those releams of history which have its mark on today and tomorrow.

    I will be very happy if author permit for translation in regional language(Marathi) so that readers in language can enjoy charm, originality and writers presence this book..
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    Ravindra Tonapi

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    1 Jul, 2015

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    One of the best travel books!

    I am always fascinated by history, historical fiction, travel writing and info on nature. This book combines many of these categories into one, as it is about the story of Indus river. I have not yet finished this, since I received it only yesterday. But the writing is lucid, descriptions are vivid and draws a reader into it.
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    ji gopi

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    12 Jul, 2014

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    Excellent Read

    The work is a factual account by an explorer who traces the river Indus back to its origins both physically and through time. It could crudely be referred to as a travelogue, but it is much more than that. The author meshes a lively tale of factual description and history, interspersed with interesting folks tales gathered through interactions with local and her adventures as she meanders through the North West Frontier province.

    What also appealed to me was the sheer adventure of it all -...
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    Daniel Mathew

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    12 May, 2014

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    Great Book.

    Alice Albinia has woven history and the experience of her journey seamlessly. Her passion, objectivity and deep insight into humanity have made this book a pleasure to read. From the delta to the source of Indus - its an epic journey - and she has performed the pilgrimage wonderfully - both in terms of geography and travelling through time. I just loved reading this book.
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    Shibaji Ghosh

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    2 May, 2014

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    a journey you can't have in this life(to Pakistan)

    If you are a history and archeology fan, and a resident of India, this book will make you yearn to no end about not having access to Pakistan in this life. There is a lot of rich heritage lost to the partition. There are many issues that will come to light, and answer some doubts about Pakistan and some more Islamic countries.
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    Suruchika Choudhary

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    7 May, 2013

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    Story of a River

    A really nice reading.
    I started reading as a travelogue. This is my favorite topic of reading. But this is not a travelogue. In the truest sense i am not able to categorize this book.
    Started in in Karachi Port, where the river Indus ends its journey to eternity a travel backwards through plains of west Punjab, the high hill terrains of Gilgit-Baltistan, through Buddhist Ladakh to the very source near Kailash-Manssorvar the sacred zones, we move along with the author. We see the picture an...
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    santanu dutta

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    21 Mar, 2013

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    A gripping travelogue

    Alice Albinia has travelled along the Indus starting from Karachi where it flows into the Arabian Sea and going all the way right up to its origins in the cold, high plateau of Tibet. She has captured on paper not only the adventurous and occasionally dangerous physical journey but also a profoundly metaphysical and spiritual one. A well written book. I'm looking forward to reading more of her works in the future.
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    Parthasarathy Gopalan

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    11 Dec, 2011

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