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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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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.
Sumit Pawar rated it
February 10, 2019
Sapt Sindhu(Land of Seven Rivers) as it was called before India, Before Bharath, Before Aryavrat. This book has a unique character i.e History of Geography. The Book flows like a downhill river in the rainy season for the people who are well versed with geography of India. The book explains well the role played by the Geography of the land in creating the History of India. Its a first of many attempts to showcase "Out of India" approach backed with Facts instead of Controversial "Aryan invasion/Migration" theory propagated by British Historian ... more
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
Ashish Iyer rated it
December 06, 2018
Probably one of the best book i have come across. What i admired about this book is that it is not written like those leftist writers who shoved their narratives on your face. This book gives various perspectives to think about. This clears many many misconceptions on Indian history. What we learn in our schools are nothing but a bunch of lies. Wrote in such an interesting way that you can finish the book in one go! This book actually create more interest in Indian history, which was completed disappeared earlier by our boring school texts. Th ... more


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