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Land of the Seven Rivers: A Book Review

The fall began when the river started drying up. The remnants of a civilization whose culture, lifestyle and social setup were intricately woven with the river, were buried under the sod of time, until “in the 1920s, Rakhal Das Banerji and Sir John Marshall of the Archeological Survey” discovered the hidden signs of a forgotten settlement in a place under construction of a railway line. This is the modern understanding of Indus Valley Civilization also known as Indus-Saraswati Civilization. Published in Viking by Penguin Books India, in 2012, Land of the Seven Rivers: A Brief History of India’s Geography starts with the events that precedes the founding of Indus Valley civilization. Land of the Seven Rivers is an ambitious work of nonfiction that delivers what is promised, and more.
“Much has been written about Indian history but almost all of it is concerned with sequences of political events.” (3) Land of the Seven Rivers traces clues to civilizational changes into the geography of t…