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Land of seven rivers

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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. With sparkling wit and intelligence, Sanjeev Sanyal sets off to explore India and look at how the country’s history was shaped by, among other things, 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, he considers questions about Indian history that we rarely ask: Why do Indians call their country Bharat? How did the British build the railways across the subcontinent? Why was the world’s highest mountain named after George Everest? Moving from the geological beginnings of the subcontinent to present-day Gurgaon, Land of the Seven Rivers is riveting, wry and full of surprises. It is the most entertaining history of India you will ever read.

    BOOK, 192 pages
    Published 15-11-2012
  • Original Title : Land of seven rivers
  • Genre : History
  • ISBN : 8184756712 (ISBN13: 9788184756715)
  • Language : en
  • User assigned genres : Geography, Indian Subcontinent, Ancient Indian History
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ABOUT Sanjeev Sanyal
Sanjeev Sanyal

Sanjeev Sanyal is the Principal Economic Advisor to the Government of India. An internationally acclaimed economist and best-selling author, he spent two decades in the financial sector and was Global Strategist & Managing Director at Deutsche Bank till 2015. He was named Young Global Leader by the ... more

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ritwikraghav rated it
March 08, 2021
This book is intended to be a fun read, something to make history interesting for the readers and it succeeds in its purpose to a large extent. It starts on a great note, discussing the continent that existed before humans came to be and ends with hope for the progressing India. The reader goes through the many cycles of urbanization that the Indian subcontinent experienced, that Delhi experienced and wonders about the factors working to make that happen. The author - Sanjeev Sanyal - has narrated Indian history as if it was a long story told ... more
Tripuresh Singh rated it
February 13, 2021
Geography and history are actually two sides of the same coin. For any kind of culture , civilization to progress in a are, geographical conditions are most important factor. In a way , Geography of a particular area has always defined the extent to which a civilization prospers. The book the land of seven rivers ,by Mr. Sanjeev Sanyal is on of those books , which establishea this connection of history and geography very efficiently. Much more than that, this book clears many fallacies that Indian "historians" have fed us for a long period o ... more
Om Prakash rated it
January 16, 2021
Very informative book. It has covered right from indus valley civilization to modern day india.
Kanika Thakur rated it
July 09, 2020
Either we were not taught anything interesting in school or were not taught in an interesting manner. Either way, this book was an eye-opener, I have started reading Indian history. Its a primer and if you have traveled a bit across the country, it will make much more sense.

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