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Land Of Seven Rivers

Land Of Seven Rivers

History Of India's Geography

Sanjeev Sanyal
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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.

Imprint: India Viking

Published: Nov/2012

ISBN: 9780670086399

Length : 192 Pages

MRP : ₹499.00

Land Of Seven Rivers

History Of India's Geography

Sanjeev Sanyal

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.

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Sanjeev Sanyal

Sanjeev Sanyal is the principal economic adviser to the Government of India and an internationally acclaimed economist and urban theorist. He lives in New Delhi and writes on a wide array of topics, ranging from economics to history. A Rhodes Scholar and an Eisenhower Fellow, Sanjeev spent two decades working in international financial markets and was named Young Global Leader in 2010 by the World Economic Forum. He is the author of the bestselling books The Ocean of Churn: How the Indian Ocean Shaped Human History (2016), Land of the Seven Rivers: A Brief History of India's Geography (2012) and The Indian Renaissance: India's Rise After a Thousand Years of Decline (2008), published by Penguin. This book is an adaptation of the second.

Sowmya Rajendran has written several books for children, from picture books for toddlers to young adult fiction. She won the Sahitya Akademi's Bal Sahitya Puraskar in 2015 for her children's novel Mayil Will Not Be Quiet, co-authored with Niveditha Subramaniam. Sowmya works as a journalist for a news publication and writes on gender, culture and cinema. She lives in Pune.

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