The Lost River

The Lost River  (English, Paperback, Danino Michel)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Penguin Random House India Pvt. Ltd
    • Genre: Literary Collections
    • ISBN: 9780143068648, 0143068644
    • Pages: 368
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    The Indian subcontinent was the scene of dramatic upheavals a few thousand years ago. The Northwest region entered an arid phase, and erosion coupled with tectonic events played havoc with river courses. One of them disappeared. Celebrated as -Sarasvati' in the Rig Veda and the Mahabharata, this river was rediscovered in the early nineteenth century through topographic explorations by British officials. Recently, geological and climatological studies have probed its evolution and disappearance, while satellite imagery has traced the river's buried courses and isotope analyses have dated ancient waters still stored under the Thar Desert. In the same Northwest, the subcontinent's first urban society"the Indus civilization"flourished and declined. But it was not watered by the Indus alone: since Aurel Stein's expedition in the 1940s, hundreds of Harappan sites have been identified in the now dry Sarasvati's basin. The rich Harappan legacy in technologies, arts and culture sowed the seeds of Indian civilization as we know it now. Drawing from recent research in a wide range of disciplines, this book discusses differing viewpoints and proposes a harmonious synthesis"a fascinating tale of exploration that brings to life the vital role the -lost river of the Indian desert' played before its waters gurgled to a stop.
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    The enticing tale of a 'lost' River, which is the key to many truths about the Harappan Civilization

    Found it a most enlightening read. The way Michel Danino traces the 'lost' river's history through our ancient texts, early observations, local lore, excavations, satellite imagery, carbon dating and other modern techniques et. al. is very intriguing to say the least. Also the picture he paints of the Harappan way of life from precise ratios to civic infrastructure to dancing artifacts to the humble red 'paint/teeka' used even today is fascinating. I don't think any history book I studied in ...
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    Anish Mangal

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    Discovering me !

    “India loves myths”, the first sentence and explanation of “myths” makes clear the nature and flow of the book. In short, a book which illustrates complex ideas of centuries which remained in mist for a long time into light and the most vital part is that, it brought out in simple language.
    Danino, a French born Indian lover who attracted towards India for its culture, Yogis, Sri Aurobindo, Mirra Alfassa (The Mother). In conversation with Pusha Chari of The Hindu, Danino told it’s his perso...
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    Nithin Kalorth

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    Feb, 2013

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    A beginners guide's to the Quest for resolution of Sarswati (no longer) puzzle and AIT minefield

    Price : 315 (paperback). Delivery Time : 5 days (Indore - MP)

    Michael Danino has gifted us a little gem on the topic which broadly traces the various developements in the field. He offers us an interesting journey through the evolution of the Sarswati-AIT debate incorporating the archaelogical/historical/Geo-scientific/Intuitive inputs. He examines all the opinions on the issue, weighs in the evidences/arguments and juxtaposes them with his conclusions. I found the book to be very absorbing ...
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    Tarang Sharma

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    A compelling account of history not told elsewhere, free of biases and full of data

    I love history books that are validated by data and facts. Historians and writers have too often taken their audiences for a ride, with wildly concocted theories about history. Here is a book that is different. There is lots of data and there are lots of inferences derived from the data presented. The book is written in a simple and accessible style, with plenty of pictures and tables. The story of the civilization that was the precursor of classical Indian civilization, accounts and conjectu...
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    FPS Gamer

    Jun, 2013

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    A MUST READ FOR A CIVILIAN!

    It has been a profound experience. Truly insightful! Many of the questions answered. The lesson for the Marxist so called historians and scholars.
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    Atul Kumar

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    Jul, 2014

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    The lost River Saraswathi

    The book is one of the well researched one in the topic. The style is simple and easy to understand. The language is very good. The book is sure to be an eye opener for those still believing in the colonial era of old thinking in Indian culture, which is nothing but the vedic culture..
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    s anandakumar

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    Jul, 2014

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    Must-read for all Indian history enthusiasts

    The book starts off slowly, covering details of all the rivers and waterways in the Cholistan desert region of India and Paksistan. The author cleverly builds the narrative to pinpoint the actual location of the Saraswati river. His writing seems rather unbiased, citing opinions and disagreements of others, and also explaining his reasons to not agree to some of those theories. Interestingly, the second half of the book delves into the Harappan civilization in detail, the descriptions of Sara...
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    Narayana Rengaswamy

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    Jun, 2014

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    Scholarly piece of work

    The debate over the Sarasvati has been going on since decades. This river, mentioned and praised the most number of times in the RigVeda, is central to Indian history and civilization which began with the Indus- Sarasvati Civilization more than 6000 years ago.

    Recently, ISRO and others have discovered palaeochannels in the Haryana- Rajasthan region. Also, innumerable archaeological sites have been discovered along the banks of these channels.

    It is evident that the Vedas were composed on t...
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    Ravi

    Mar, 2014

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    The Lost River

    This is must read for all Indians. It is a superb piece of original research which beautifully and definitely traces the Saraswati River. And just by the way, rubbishes the Aryan Invasion theory. The various other theories of the Saraswati river have been demonstrated to be incorrect. This is a easy-reading serious scientific work, not at all speculative in nature.
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    Ashok Sinha

    Feb, 2012

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    Just wow!

    Very good
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    Vinod Kumar

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    Feb, 2018

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