Land of the Seven Rivers, A Brief History of India's Geography by Sanjeev Sanyal is a genial volume that strolls, quite like the waterways
Touching sequentially, the author starts heritably hinting the source of most Indians while a few instants are used up at Harappa Indus Valley civilization and the stream Saraswati, the Vedas, the Ramayana and Mahabharata, tracked by Mauryan Empire and its famed ruler Ashoka, origin and development and the ultimate demise, the different conurbations of Delhi, the Mughals, the British and their mapmakers, Partition, as well as the ascent of a fresh India typified by the fast escalation of Gurgaon, a hub for the call-centre business south of Delhi symbolized by glassy agency towers, metro-stations, shopping centres, opulent taverns and millions of employment.
The tome spotlights on a rather diverse set of issues on the enormous deluge, the etymology of the word Bharat, the epics description regarding the manner Indians distinguished the characteristics of their state in the Iron Age, reasons behind Buddha’s first sermon at Sarnath, just outside Varanasi, seafaring on an Indian Ocean trader vessel in the fifth century AD and so on.
The digest is a total record of the shape of India, opening from pre-history and the creation of the Indian Subcontinent that outlines the secede from Gondwana, the super continent, bringing in the premise of plate tectonics, and elucidate how India rammed with Asia. It draws the growth of Indian flora and fauna, and then go onto pose queries such as who were the foremost individuals in India, and who are the Indians.
Both planes of the Aryan barney have been looked at, fetching the Vedic belief with the wrapping up that the Aryans can only have been from India being hold up by inherited facts, and the writer wraps up that the Harappans were a broad-based culture, rather like India at present.
This period also swathes Raja Sudas, Bharata tribe, the other clans that fought Sudas, and what ensued to them, as well as the part of Guru Vashishtha. It also sets off to hint the connection between Avestans, the faction of the ethnic groups and attempts to conjecture the contemporary position of the same. The Rig Vedic populace could well have been part of this fizzy blend but does not desire to put down the booklover with the feeling that medieval India was just on the edifice, raiding, deserting and reconstructing conurbations.