What Sanjeev Sanyal does is to explore India and chart how the country’s history was shaped by its rivers, mountains and cities. Like a river he too travels to remote mountain passes,visitng archaeological sites and finding solace in old records and manuscripts.
What I liked about the book was that like a river it too cources through known pages of history marking out known events as it happened over time. To me it felt like reading a history book except that it was interesting put. There is so much to learn that we otherwise would never known even thought of. Like, there are no lions depicted anywhere in the Harappan Civilization. More than anything else, the book makes you think and question and that is where this book scores. I for one enjoyed myself because I got to learn so much and this is one information rich book.
Land of the Seven Rivers has been a wonderful book to read as it covers so much of Indian history, beginning from invasions from the Persian Gulf and until the rise of a modern day India which is urban. What I felt was lacking is some facts or data to support the serious analysis or the kind of detail that would give the reader real insights into the lives and and give them a perspective about confronting Indians of past times. I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it brought back rusty memories of reading history and loving every bit of it. This is one book you would not mind revisiting over time.