- Paperback: 331 pages
- Publisher: Penguin India; Reprint edition (1 July 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143420933
- ISBN-13: 978-0143420934
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 306 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Land of the Seven Rivers: A Brief History of India's Geography Paperback – Jul 2013
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About the Author: The author of Land of The Seven Rivers: A Brief History of India's Geography, Sanjeev Sanyal is presently working as the Global Strategist for one of the leading banks in the world. He is also a renowned writer, who lives both in India and Singapore, from time to time. He has also written another popular book titled The Indian Renaissance: India's Rise After A Thousand Years of Decline.
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This books gives you detail of Indian Geography and the formation of Indian Continent right from detachment of India from African continent to The formation of modern Gurgaon! ( Interesting isn't it?)
Plus it gives an answer to very interesting questions related to-
The end of harappan civilization,
the Genetic match of Indians with Eastern European region,
the Great Flood,
drying up of Saraswati river,
How lions came up as a symbol of power,
how indian culture spread to South-East Asian Countries,
How Singapore got it's name,
The age of merchants,
The rise and fall of Mughals,
The age of merchants From VascoDaGama to Columbus,
The trade routes,
Mapping of India,
Measurement of Height of Mt. Everest,
The entry and fall of Britishers, Portugese, French,
Formation and ReFormation of Delhi,
Partition of Indian,
Plight of Bangladesh People,
And the list is endless!!!
It is almost a bliss to read history in the form of a story, written in the simplest possible manner. This book planted seeds of Non-Fiction in my mind!! Proud to be part of such great civilization!😍
A must must read!
This book is for everyone and especially those who hated history classes in school which were very boring. A true account of history has been written with some funny anecdotes.
If only our history text books were like this. IMHO this should be mandated reading for all Indians.
Rivers form the lifeline for any society. They are fresh, moldable and constantly on the flow. This resonates with our students too. They bring in energy and passion to the institution. So where do we tap this potential energy into kinetic one?
The book 'Land of Seven Rivers' by Sanjeev Sanyal helped it along the way. Each house was now not only named after a river, a tradition at DPWS across the nation, but also attached to its rich heritage and history.
For exmaple, Narmada. The Narmada house. Bright red, like the silts it carries from West to middle India, this river is a farmer's friend. So we added the slogan, "let's preserve" to it and ensured the tagline carries the weight of the responsibility as well. With the precious Oliver Ridley turtle as its mascot, Narmada truly epitomizes the struggle to live and let live.
Book Review - 5 stars [for a unique book on rich Indian history]
This is the second book from author that I have read, first being The Ocean of Churn. Both are deeply engaging books go for them!
“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”
Sanjeev has done a tremendous job by giving us this book; it covers everything about India right from tectonics to being a citizen of it in 21st Century. It gives answers to many questions:
1. Why do Indians call their country Bharat?
2. Why did Buddha give his first sermon at Sarnath?
3. What was it like to sail on an Indian Ocean merchant ship in 5th Century?
4. What was it like to live a life of an idle Playboy in Gupta-era Pataliputra?
5. How did Mughals hunt Lions?
6. How did European map India?
7. How did the British build the railways?
8. When did Jews come to India?
9. How did Singapore get its name?
10. Why did rulers of Mewar call themselves as Rana not Kings?
And many more.
Once you starts reading you’ll not stop telling it to your friends. It contains map for easy understanding. I’ll definitely recommend this book for those who have a keen interest in Indian history and Geography alike. The book is an honest attempt to write a brief and astounding history of India’s geography. I’m now jumping to his:” The Ocean of Churn: How the Indian Ocean Shaped Human History”