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 (English, Hardcover, Sanjeev Sanyal)

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

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Hardcover
    • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
    • ISBN: 9780670086399, 0670086398
    • Edition: 1st Edition, 2013
    • Pages: 352
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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; 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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    Book Details
    • Imprint
      • Penguin Global
    • Publication Year
      • 2013 February
    Contributors
    • Author
      • Sanjeev Sanyal
    Dimensions
    • Width
      • 1.24 Inches (US)
    • Height
      • 8.77 Inches (US)
    • Depth
      • 0.74 inch
    • Weight
      • 520.0 Grams
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    5

    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...
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    Arvind Sethi

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    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 o...
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    Akhilesh Mishra

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    14 Mar, 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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    Archit Sharma

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    4 Feb, 2013

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    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 mention...
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    tank man

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    19 Jan, 2013

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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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    Sajiv Kurup

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    21 Dec, 2012

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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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    Debojit Dey

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    20 Feb, 2013

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    5

    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 ...
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    ripan biswas.

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    17 Aug, 2013

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    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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    Parthasarathy Bhaskar

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    28 Mar, 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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    17 Jan, 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 in...
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