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Land of seven rivers

by Sanjeev Sanyal

4.2 · 15 Ratings 7 Reviews

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
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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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Avani Chourey rated it
March 28, 2019
Everyone who has read this book, loved it! Whenever I tried to read non-fiction, It required a lot of patience and thorough attention and I ended up leaving it in between, But it was different, I had absolutely no background of history yet the book had an spell bounding effect on me, The information and instances are worth noting down and can be quoted at several places, I loved it.
deepa mishra rated it
March 24, 2019
Very beautiful book. If one want to feel proud of his civilization then this is must read. Understanding of India's culture, history and geography is very helpful with this book. Especially the real one.
March 06, 2019
An awesome book. Very well written and fresh thoughts. very well researched, and few of the points are surely something one should ponder.i definitely recommend all to read this book. the narrative is also quite engaging. you will definitely want to finish the book at a go.
Abhishek rated it
January 31, 2019
It is no mean task to tell the story of a civilization as old and as varied as India’s. Few people can provide a narrative which is compelling and engaging, and construct a thread of events which link the people of 21st century India with their ancestors from many millennia ago, and for this, the author, Sanjeev Sanyal, deserves to be commended. Having read the “Ocean of Churn” already, one notices there is quite a bit of overlap between the two books. While this book is an attempt to be “a history of India’s geography and a geograp ... more

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