Sanjeev Sanyal: Narrating How India’s History was Shaped by Her Geography

Sanjeev Sanyal

He chronicles the grand sweep of history from East Africa to Australia, conjuring in rich, vivid detail the great cities of Angkor and Vijayanagar, medieval Arab empires and Chinese ‘treasure fleets’. He explores remote archaeological sites, maritime trading networks and half-forgotten oral tales to challenge established historical narratives with fresh evidence. We are delving about Sanjeev Sanyal’s portraying of medieval geopolitics and long-lost cities in The Ocean of Churn. This book by Sanjeev Sanyal is a mesmerizing journey into the heart of a vibrant civilization.


While Pioneer deemed The Ocean of Churn as‘Compelling and original’, India Today wrote,‘Sanyal’s chief achievement is to continually prise revelatory little nuggets out of history’s unyielding rock’. According to the Open the book is‘Packed with riveting stories and interesting characters . . . A highly captivating narrative history.’ Livemint wrote, ‘Fascinating . . . [There is] no better contemporary introduction to our maritime heritage than this book.’ 

The Ocean of Churn

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Did ancient India witness the Great Flood? Why did the Buddha give his first sermon at Sarnath? How did the Europeans map India?


Combining scholarship with sparkling wit, Sanjeev Sanyal sets out to explore how India’s history was shaped by its geography—answering questions the readers may have never thought to ask. Moving from geological and genetic origins to present-day Gurgaon, his book Land of the Seven Rivers is riveting, wry and full of surprises.


Here are what the print media and Amish have to say about the book Land of the Seven Rivers:


‘A fascinating new look at Indian history and civilization’—Amish

‘A must-read’ — Indian Express

‘[A] gripping yet thought-provoking account of the rise and fall of urban civilizations in India’—Business Standard

‘Highly enjoyable and provocative’—India Today.

Land of the Seven Rivers: A Brief History of India's Geography

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Maps and mountains, lions and tigers, rivers and oceans-all sorts of things you didn’t know about India’s geography.


Could you be related to a blonde Lithuanian? What if ostriches once roamed in India? Did you know that India is the only country that has both lions and tigers? Who found out how tall Mt Everest is?

If you’ve ever wanted to know the answers to questions like these, The Incredible History of India’s Geography by Sanjeev Sanyal is the book for you. You will discover in this book various things you never expected, such as the fact that we still greet each other like the Harappans did or that people used to think India was full of one-eyed giants. And sneakily you’ll also know more about India’s history and geography by the end of it.  

Full of quirky pictures and crazy trivia, The Incredible History of India’s Geography takes you on a fantastic journey through the incredible history of India’s geography.

The Incredible History of India's Geography

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Are Indians ready to move forward and take advantage of where they are today? Or will they hold back and lose the impetus?


A thousand years ago, India was at the height of its power, influencing the world with its ideas and trade. Now, India’s economic performance is once again attracting world attention as the country reawakens not just as an economy but as a civilization. Sanjeev Sanyal looks at the processes that led to ten centuries of decline, while examining the powerful economic and social forces that are working together to transform India beyond recognition. His book The Indian Rennaissance: India’s Rise after a Thousand Years of Decline is about India at the crossroads.


Feedback on The Indian Rennaissance: India’s Rise after a Thousand Years of Decline:

‘Absolutely superb—thoughtful, well-researched, and full of insight’ SHASHI THAROOR.

‘A very thought-provoking book. Sanjeev Sanyal’s breadth and depth of knowledge is very impressive’ NANDAN NILEKANI

‘A story of hope and change’ INDIAN EXPRESS.

 The Indian Rennaissance

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Sanjeev Sanyal is the principal economic advisor to the Government of India and an internationally acclaimed economist and urban theorist.  He writes on a range of topics ranging from economics to history, and is the author of the bestselling books The Ocean of Churn, Land of the Seven Rivers and The Indian Renaissance. In 2014, he was given the inaugural International Indian Achievers Award for contributions to literature. He has been a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London; visiting scholar at Oxford University; adjunct fellow at Institute of Policy Studies, Singapore; and a senior fellow of the World Wide Fund for Nature.


Sanjeev Sanyal spent two decades working in international financial markets and was named Young Global Leader 2010 by the World Economic Forum. In 2007, he was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship for his work on urban issues. Sanjeev attended Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi, and St. John’s College, Oxford, where he was Rhodes Scholar. 

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