Rivers of India

Sunil Vaidyanathan Shayoni Mitra

Rivers of India

Rivers of India is a pictorial journey that delves into the symbiosis between India’s major rivers and the people who live along them and their intimate link with myth, belief and religion. Along with the narrative of the rivers are interesting asides looking at marvels of engineering, cultural and recreational events, as well as the deep-rooted symbolic relevance of the river in Indian music, art, religion and literature.

The authors narrowed their focus to eight rivers that flow through India—the Brahmaputra, Ganges, Godavari, Kaveri, Krishna, Mahanadi, Narmada and Yamuna. This selection was based on demographics, the decisive factor being the correlation between the most densely populated river valleys, and the challenges triggered by unchecked exploitation of natural resources.

While a river journey may seem romantic in an idyllic sense, for the authors, it was often a challenging experience. The environmental damage that has been caused by piety, industry and apathy is immense; sadly, these allegedly sacred water bodies are plagued by misuse and pollution. The authors hope that highlighting significant issues that affect the river will usher in a sense of collective responsibility that can help stem further ecological degradation.

Rivers of India
Sunil Vaidyanathan is a Mumbai based photojournalist and writer with over a decade of experience. He has worked on several well-received books on photography, architecture and travel. His first published book in 2001-2002 was The Heritage Buildings of Bombay. The people and culture of his country being some of his primary areas of focus, this was followed by several others like Temples of South India, Ganesha–The God of India, Colourful India and Pilgrimage Places in India. Some of his recent work includes Portrait of Kerala and Portrait of Rajasthan. As Globetrotter’s India consultant, he has co-authored and updated the Globetrotter Travel Guide to Delhi, Jaipur and Agra and Globetrotter’s Best of Delhi. He has also compiled and designed map books, including a series of guides for the Government of India’s department of tourism as part of the ‘Incredible India’ campaign. His work is regularly featured in several domestic and international magazines. Rivers of India is his eighth book.

Armed with a Masters degree in English literature and an eye for the unusual, Shayoni Mitra made a transition from a corporate communications specialist to a travel journalist in 2007. Her writing has since then been featured in various national and international travel magazines and guide books. Passionate about exploring and interpreting new cultures, her camera has been her constant companion. She has also compiled and edited guidebooks to India.

Specifications:
Size: 292 X 222mm
Binding: Hard back with Jacket
Paper: 150 gsm art paper
Page extent: 188
Photographs: 189
ISBN: 978-81-89738-88-4
Price: INR 2900
PLUS POSTAGE WITHIN INDIA RS 50/-
OUTSIDE INDIA RS 1200/-
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