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on 24 April 2016
So finally here is a book that looks objectively at the issue of Sarasvati and Aryan invasion. The author has done a great job in presenting all the facts and data about the Indus river system and by the time you finish the book you are in no doubt about the river Sarasvati. The author has also presented all the view-points which are in contravention to his. This book is a MUST READ. It reads like a thriller. You might find it a bit overbearing in the beginning but stay the course and you will not repent it.
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on 15 May 2017
Michel Danino, is excellent speaker and writer, after his IIT Kanpur lecture, This book i bought.
It is filled with real field work in archaeology, Some of the evidence he refers to is compelling, fluid writing style makes it easier to understand general public not having much archaeological knowledge.
Must read if you want to understand recent findings and overall Indus-Saraswati or Ganga-Vindhya civilization.
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on 12 December 2016
Are we invaders of this land which we call our motherland ? Do our myths really have some substance to them or are they mere tools to teach young children ? Are our celebrated historians really a bunch of deceitful liars who are using every trick to arrive at a preconceived opinion ?

This book by Michel Danino raises a lot of issues and points to several conclusions which can no longer be ignored about the questions which I have enumerated above. It is a very well researched book well worth the price that it is available at. It would add to the knowledge base of any un biased individual.
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on 4 June 2017
Its the best work on rise and fall of Sindhu-Saraswati Valley Civilization (4000 BCE to 1800 BCE) which rose along the banks of once mighty Saraswati River (Ghaghar-Hakra river system). It discusses all the arguments and research gone so far on the topic and gives a very balanced analysis to the reader. Its a must read who wants to under India's ancient past!
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on 11 January 2017
Interesting how the author weaves the legendar hymns & stories on sarasvati with geographical evidence, local folklores, escavation material, and scientific data....unfortunately, geography nd history are not given their due importance in our country...
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on 27 January 2016
Sarasvati, the river which disappeared millenia ago, has excited curiosity and wonder not only in India but even among foreigners over a considerable period of time. A number of studies have been conducted during the past several decades and some are underway currently also, but without any conclusive outcome so far. This book is a very scholarly and scientific inquiry into this subject, shorn of any emotional mishmash. The author has relied on meticulous research and study and yet made his presentation in a very lucid and interesting way. He does not confine himself to the main theme of the lost river but extends his study to cover scriptural and architectural details as well bearing upon the subject. This makes his book so much more comprehensive, complete and relevant. All in all, it is a valuable addition to the literature on India's lost river Sarasvati and brings the progress of scientific and archaeological exploration pertaining to it up to date.
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on 27 January 2016
The Lost River is a great book.

Reading this book was an eye-opener. While for normal people, the Saraswati is shrouded in myth, it was very encouraging to note that historians have more information, which seems correct and is based on intelligent data gathering, analysis and interpolation and not on superstitious/religious hearsay.

It was surprising for me to note that while Indians (may be all hindus) grow up with the myth of the Saraswati - everyone knows about it and almost all of it is factually incorrect.

What Danino does beautifully is share numerous instances of the links between what seems to be historical fact and current social memories.
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on 20 October 2017
A book that brings to heart a feeling of puzzlement and amazement . Puzzlement as to why this part of the history has been excluded or not even recognized in the school curriculums around the country. Amazement because there lies such an ocean of evidence about a lost heritage backed time and again by not only indian but many many non-indian scholars.
This is a must read for every student who was ever taught about aryan invasion or 'Indus' valley civilization.
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on 24 December 2015
Excellent book capturing the amazing story of an enigmatic river that continues to be an important part of cultural legacy millennia after it has physically deteriorated. The book does a great job of retaining loyalty to facts and objective evidence while fearlessly traversing minefield of ancient Indian history that has become a battlefield for ideologies. Having said that, what distinguishes this book is that it radiates the passion, attachment and respect the author has for the awe-inspiring civilisation and its people and values, instead of benign disinterestedness or patronising condescension that characterise most other works on this topic. A big thanks to Michel Danino and hope this book inspires more such works on Indian history.
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on 21 October 2017
WOW!!! I live in Allahabad and have been hearing stories about the mighty Saraswati since childhood, but this book gives a whole new perspective...
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