The history of any country begins with its geography. With sparkling wit and intelligence, Land of the Seven Rivers explores India and look at how the country’s history was shaped by, among other things, its rivers, mountains, and cities. The book answers questions such as, 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 India? 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?