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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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Nishant rated it
December 11, 2019
Eye-opening book on the geography and land that is Bharat. Paints a huge canvas and evokes a magnificent feeling of being a Bharatiya.
Nikhilesh rated it
December 03, 2019
This book is a gem. It is a perfect blend of history and geography.. I got to know so much about many places of India.. The language is very as well so a school kid can read this book also but the content is pure gold..
Anand rated it
August 30, 2019
This can be called as a strange book on the history of geography. Up till this one, I had read these two as separate subjects. The author has been successful in capturing the interest of readers in this work. Everyone I've lent or suggested this book, has been praising it. My suggestions were usually for 25-30-year-old readers, mostly new readers and almost all from my generation. Coming to the content of this book, it tells history from the perspective of someone who has actually been to places he is talking about. This is not an armchair his ... more
Arjun Anand rated it
July 21, 2019
Sanjeev Sanyal challenged the academic hegemony of Marxist "intellectuals", their lies & distortions(e.g. Aryan Invasion Theory). I read the book during my graduation(B.A. Geography honours) days which also helped me in my exams. The unorthodox style of history writing engages the reader. The book provides an unbiased and, the best part, a concise version of History of India's geography.


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