Book Review: Land of the Seven Rivers

The Book ‘Land of the Seven Rivers’ is written by Sanjeev Sanyal who is currently the Principal Economic Adviser to the Govt of India

The Book is a great read of history buffs…covers the history of India right from pre-historic days to current times.

One insight that I got from the Book was the fact India is more than a country…its a civilisation and .a very ancient one at that.It probably explains why despite having a billion people of different religions ,races, cultures  ,languages etc, we are still bound together.

They have been enduring themes in this civilisation of ours-a Victory Column (Ashoka Pillar-Qutab Minar-Jaipur Column), use of the Lion as an Emblem of Royalty , use of the ‘Chakra’ as a symbol of royal power etc

To this day, the Lion emblems and the Chakra are part of our State Motifs.

The lots of aspects of India’s history which are revealed in the book which are not covered in the rubbish history that they teach in our schools.

I was particularly fascinated to know that in ancient times, India has two major land trade routes.The Dakshina Path (Southern Road) made its way from the Gangetic Plains through Cental India to the southern tip of India.  The Uttara Path (Northern Road) ran from Eastern Afghanistan, through Punjab, the Gangetic Plains to the sea-ports of Bengal.

The Ramayana is oriented along the Dakshina Path while the Mahabharata is oriented along the Uttara Path !

I would strongly recommend this book for those interested in India and its history.


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