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Review ß Land of the Seven Rivers 100 ï ❮EPUB❯ ✷ Land of the Seven Rivers Author 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 IndiaThe history of any country begins with its geography Wit DidIan history that we rarely ask Why do Indians call their country Bharat How did the British build the railways across the subcontinent What was it like to sail on an of the Seven PDF #198 Indian Ocean merchant ship in the fifth century AD Why was the world's highest mountain named after George Everest. This is the best book on Indian history that I have ever come across Although it is a narrative of India's geography and history objective and straightforward you'll never get bored The fact that the author has gone through a lot of material and has been at the various places mentioned in the book is evident from the detailed narrative The narrative can be a little pacy at times but the author never ceases to amaze you by the facts that he brings out in this bookYou'll enjoy it thouroughly if you are a history enthusiast Well I'm one and I've already set it apart for reading it againA wonderful book and worth a read any day

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K at how the country’s history was shaped by among other things Land of Kindle 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 uestions about Ind. The title of this book is what hooked me A brief history of India's geography The problem is that the book doesn't live up to it There is nothing brief about the history it covers and there's less and less geography as it progressesThe biggest problem for me was that Sanjeev Sanyal took too much He starts as early as the Harappan civilization and ends in modern day India In eight chapters it's impossible to do justice to such a vast span of history in a country as old and diverse as India So for me he bit off way than he could chew Also the book becomes less and less centred around geography and becomes a series of interesting facts mish mashed together in historical time periods So while the content itself has interesting moments it has no flow and ends up being repetitive in its style and unending in its directionA great idea for a book but a misleading title for this one Not worth a read at all in my opinion

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Land of the Seven RiversDid the Great Flood of Indian legend actually the Seven eBook #184 happen Why did the Buddha walk to Sarnath to give his first sermon How did the Europeans map IndiaThe history of any country begins with its geography With sparkling wit and intelligence Sanjeev Sanyal sets off to explore India and loo. The Land of Seven Rivers is an oversimplified inaccurate history of India with a pronounced nationalistic tilt Sanyal seems to believe in the Out of India theory though he is not confident enough to proclaim this outright His writing is substandard and lacks the nuance essential to good history I would recommend John Keay's India A Brief History for an unbiased accessible almost poetically written history of IndiaI find it difficult to understand what Sanyal set out to achieve with this book The subtitle claims it to be A Brief History of India's Geography but that it most certainly is not It reads like a collection of random often interesting facts laid down chronologically; facts that have to do with the various phases of urbanization in India than geography Geography at best provides a background to historical events in this narrative The Saraswati river predictably makes many appearances in the book as Sanyal traces the historical evolution of Indians’ geographical knowledge through textual sources like the Vedas Mahabharata and Ramayana Another major theme in this book is India’s trade links with other cultures and places through which India exported its culture and civilization Sanyal writes about this with typical nationalistic pride that is tinged with nostalgia for the glory daysHowever what’s most annoying is how Sanyal constantly marshals silly parallels between India’s past present in a bullheaded attempt to prove India's civilizational continuity not that I deny it He also makes up wild theories without providing any source for the same which totally ruined his credibility for me He constantly attempts to buttress his point that Indians were not an ahistorical people as most Western scholars are wont to assert In this I partly agree with him However if one compares our sporadic hagiographic record keeping to the almost obsessive detached documentation of ancient China we fare poorly Sanyal's primary argument to prove Indians' historical consciousness is the Ashoka edicts and how succeeding dynasties Guptas Tughlas as well as the British inscribed their names on various edicts and hence saw themselves as the inheritors of an ancient civilization And lastly he has a massive boner for the lion both as an animal and as a signifier of royal authority that has followed India down the centuries and today graces India’s official emblemThe Land of Seven Rivers ultimately is a book that believes in the uestionable motto “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story” Please avoid There are much better history books out there