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The Unquiet River: A Biography of the Brahmaputra

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The unruly Brahmaputra has always been an agent in shaping both the landscape of its valley and the livelihoods of its inhabitants. But how much do we know of this river's rich past? Historian Arupjyoti Saikia's biography of the Brahmaputra reimagines the layered history of Assam with the unquiet river at the centre. The book combines a range of disciplinary scholarship to The unruly Brahmaputra has always been an agent in shaping both the landscape of its valley and the livelihoods of its inhabitants. But how much do we know of this river's rich past? Historian Arupjyoti Saikia's biography of the Brahmaputra reimagines the layered history of Assam with the unquiet river at the centre. The book combines a range of disciplinary scholarship to unravel the geological forces as well as human endeavour which have shaped the river into what it is today. Wonderfully illuminated with archival detail and interwoven with narratives and striking connections, the book allows the reader to imagine the Brahmaputra's course in history. This evocative and compelling book will be interesting reading for anyone trying to understand the past and the present of a river confronted by the twenty-first century's ambitious infrastructural designs to further re-engineer the river and its landscape.


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The unruly Brahmaputra has always been an agent in shaping both the landscape of its valley and the livelihoods of its inhabitants. But how much do we know of this river's rich past? Historian Arupjyoti Saikia's biography of the Brahmaputra reimagines the layered history of Assam with the unquiet river at the centre. The book combines a range of disciplinary scholarship to The unruly Brahmaputra has always been an agent in shaping both the landscape of its valley and the livelihoods of its inhabitants. But how much do we know of this river's rich past? Historian Arupjyoti Saikia's biography of the Brahmaputra reimagines the layered history of Assam with the unquiet river at the centre. The book combines a range of disciplinary scholarship to unravel the geological forces as well as human endeavour which have shaped the river into what it is today. Wonderfully illuminated with archival detail and interwoven with narratives and striking connections, the book allows the reader to imagine the Brahmaputra's course in history. This evocative and compelling book will be interesting reading for anyone trying to understand the past and the present of a river confronted by the twenty-first century's ambitious infrastructural designs to further re-engineer the river and its landscape.

39 review for The Unquiet River: A Biography of the Brahmaputra

  1. 4 out of 5

    Abhiram R

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  2. 4 out of 5

    Ananta Pathak

    What a fantastic reading it has been. The mighty Brahmaputra deserved a biography much earlier considering the it's place in social and economic geography of assam and eastern himalaya. As they they say better late than never, this book has been written in beautiful manner traversing the journey of river along with changes in political economy of the state. From the Ahoms to British and Independent India, the river jas been at the heart of it. The writer has beautifully structured the historical What a fantastic reading it has been. The mighty Brahmaputra deserved a biography much earlier considering the it's place in social and economic geography of assam and eastern himalaya. As they they say better late than never, this book has been written in beautiful manner traversing the journey of river along with changes in political economy of the state. From the Ahoms to British and Independent India, the river jas been at the heart of it. The writer has beautifully structured the historical narrative and has given the book a touch of genuineness. We are much thankful to Mr Arupjyoti Saikka, considered one of Indias best young historian for giving us this book. For me it was an intimate reading since I was born not far from the river and continues to live near it. For readers who may not know the river intimately, reading this book will be a exercise in going through a amazing journey to know an interesting region of India.

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