Naked eBrightyed bushy tailed kids from shacks and whatnot hopping and skipping their way to school Youths Shadow Scale (Seraphina, even those working as labour were to be seen reading newspapers Today most youngsters male and female have studied till the tenth standard at least And importantly today those who used to be most disadvantaged can and do send their kids to what they consider the better schools Someven dare seek the best They do not go after hours They attend along with Claim The Crown everyonelse Parents and guardians sometimes pay bribes and the infamous donations to get their child a seat in such and such schoolObviously there is heartburn Status uo never likes being shuffled around But it s happened and there s no going backAnd you will find a beautiful and moving and inspiring passage about this transition in Sanjeev Sanyal s Land of the Seven Rivers A Brief History of India s Geography towards the nd of the chapter titled The Contours of Modern India under the sub heading Urban villages Slums and the New Middle Class out of this messy process of migration social climbing and urban volution a new India is merging dominated by new middle class children of migrantsI would ask you to buy this book if you are an Indian and
to know your history and geography and njoy readingwant to know
for it is xcellently writtenI would read passages aloud in schoolAnd if you re not Indianit is xcellently writtenI would read passages aloud in schoolAnd if you re not Indian s time you read about us in a book written by an Indian A clear North Indian bias South India ignored On Such a Full Sea except for the coasts Hampi and Kishkhindha For all the author cares about it the Northast probably doesn t Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! evenxist The author s concerned about the continuities of Indian civilization the chakra the lion people adding their names to Ashokan pillars and Indians having a sense of civilizational identity and history A few parts for Cannibal example those about the Saraswati and the Trigonometric survey are thought provoking and might lead to a serious bout of googlingwiki ing The title and cover info are misleading and I wouldn t suggest this book if one wants to know about the history of India s geography or Indian history or Indian geographyAlso not funny orntertaining bland Do not xpect a Bill Bryson Batch 2018 2020 MTech UDMGroup NoG15Submitted by Akanksha Dewan Ananyo Bandyopadhyay Anushkriti Apurva J Sinkar Apurva Sethia Disha KhannaLand of the Seven Rivers By Sanjeev SanyalThe book Land of the Seven Rivers is a uniue attempt to present a historical narrative analysing the geography of land over a period of time Sanjeev Sanyal m Confused attempt at Indian history Too much of an Out of India bias a proper hardon for lions random backward forward skipping over large tracts of time and in general losing the plot ntirely in the second part of the book hurts the otherwise "adeuate writing Readers looking for a robust yet minently readable book on "writing Readers looking for a robust yet Alter Ego eminently readable book on history will be well advised to read John Keay s India a History A slight nit the back cover of mydition has an appreciative uote from Amish Tripathi of the Shiva trilogy uoting verbatim A fascinating new look at Indian history and civilization Sadly there is nothing new or fascinating about this book but ironically we have Amish a poor writer and confuser of history patting the back of a significantly better writer with a superior hold on history I would keep my ye out for new attempts by Sanjeev Sanyal 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 arly as the Harappan civilization and Uncommon Wisdom ends in modern day India Inight 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 th Probably one of the best book i have come across What i admired about this book is that it is not written like those leftist writers who shoved their narratives on your face This book gives various perspectives to think about This clears many many misconceptions on Indian history What we learn in our schools are nothing but a bunch of lies Wrote in. 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 uestions about Five millennia one history one nation one helluva bookShort review This book is a second much grander and a much better attempt by the author to answer one uestion This time around though he goes deeper and farther back in the history of the land of seven rivers India presents us with his findings and posits that India has had a sense of history one that not only goes back several unbroken thousand years but has found Unseen City echo in successivempires and invaders seeking to associate themselves with this history As the author travels through the country in time as well as geography we are treated to some long forgotten incidents that should have been part of our curricula as well as fascinating insights into such Art endeavours as the mapping of the country by the colonials which itself was a source of competitive advantage in a manner of speaking The second uestion which the author attempted to answer in his first book but with less than middling success is why India went into decline a thousand years ago The answer my friend is blowin in the wind and you need to turn the pages to find it The truth is out there in the hardcover A must read Makes it to my best books I have read in 2013 See my full review at This is the best book on Indian history that I havever 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 God Is in the Crowd 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 llnjoy it thouroughly if you are a history Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard enthusiast Well I m one and I ve already set it apart for reading it againA wonderful book and worth a read any day We live on the ground floor and to our right is anmpty flat The other day the absentee landlady was over as she s getting the flat all dolled up so she can rent it out She popped in on us
a friend we chatted It so happened that she and her friend both used "To Be School Teachers And "be school teachers and friend had just recently dropped out of teaching because as she put it schools are now full of the upwardly mobile lower classes who want to and can pay for what they consider good ducation Of course her words were coloured by a certain distaste And I was not disturbed by her reaction as I d already witnessed worse in the mid 2000s Around that time as I was teaching part time at a slightly upper middle class school I observed that teachers were reuired on some rotational basis to put in time after hours to teach the children of the very poor from the neighbourhood It must have been overwhelming for these good ladies from very middle class backgrounds to have to put in face to face time with a horde of snotty nosed mostly uite literally speaking kids And these teachers were all wives and mothers in a very Indian system where family often still implies xtended family too Their normal days are unbelievably challenging getting up before dawn preparing a packed lunch for themselves husbands kids Notes for the Everlost elders and all those who also live with them attending to a million and one tiny chores thatnsure smooth running handling a work day filled to the brim with noisy kids the When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) endless notebooks to correct lessons to be prepared and homecoming is back to the grind after a short nap I really really do not blame them for being cloistered and having a Marie Antoinette attitude to the poor This is just to put into perspective what those years were like So there was a huge movement rather low key where on the one hand schools were semi voluntarily throwing open their doors to the huge numbers of the children of the very poor andntirely illiterate On the other hand scattered people took initiatives on their own and taught on the roadside in slums and at construction sites We had to leave the country to No Biggy! earn a living When we returned after 5 years we stayed rather close to where we had before we left Now school buses filled with children from humbler backgrounds in school uniform with school bags congregated outside schools past noon The streets in those hours were teeming with. 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 With sparkling wit and intelligence Sanjeev Sanyal sets off toxplore India and look.with a friend
Review Land of the Seven RiversSuch an interesting way that you can finish the book in one go This book actually create interest in Indian history which was completed disappeared arlier by our boring school texts The author intertwines geography and history in a very beautiful way The book doesn t take you much in detail But
the way it has been written is amazingway it has been written is amazing will gain a lots of information and most of the time be surprised A great book about Indian history which is readable authentic and unbiased Every page has some interesting facts about India which are xciting and insightfulSurely a book to read to understand how India has reached today where she hasIt "was fun reading this book I njoyed it thoroughly Wish this kind of "fun reading this book I njoyed it thoroughly Wish this kind of was there in our schools and colleges Love itHighly recommended for Deep Listening everyone Now i haveyes on other book of his the ocean of churn Hope the author keep writing books like this 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 Bird-by-Bird Gardening enough to proclaim this outright His writing is substandard and lacks the nuancessential 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 The Works of Saint Augustine events in this narrative The Saraswati river predictably makes many appearances in the book as Sanyal traces the historicalvolution 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 Unbuttoning the CEO (The Suits Undone 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 Ashokadicts and how succeeding dynasties Guptas Tughlas as well as the British inscribed their names on various My Teacher Is a Robot 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 officialmblemThe Land of Seven Rivers ultimately is a
book that believes in the uestionable motto Never let the truththat believes in the uestionable motto Never let the truth in the way of a good story Please avoid There are much better history books out there The author repeatedly claims uniueness to his book by saying it is about the history of India s geography The introduction detailing out this objective for the book makes a case that this is an interesting way to look at Indian history and to be honest it is However the rest of the book Supper Club except for the first chapter barely acknowledges this supposed orientation There is nothing that distinguishes this from the other books on Indian history that I have readxcept that the author is clearly nationalistic in outlook has a penchant for wild theories and is always willing to give priority to a good story over confusing details in the interest of brevity or maybe bias The book reads like a standard if stylized history And for that there are many better books out ther. Ndian 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 Indian Ocean merchant ship in the fifth century AD Why was the world's highest mountain named after George Everest. .