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The first definitive natural history of the Indian subcontinent. 

Did you know that the exquisite caves of Ellora were hewn from rock formed in the greatest lava floods the world has known - eruptions so enormous that they may well have obliterated dinosaurs? Or that Bengaluru owes its unique climate to a tectonic event that took place 88 million years ago? That the Ganga and Brahmaputra sequester nearly 20 percent of global carbon and that their sediments over millions of years have etched submarine canyons in the Bay of Bengal that are larger than the Grand Canyon? Ever heard of Rajasaurus, an Indian dinosaur that was perhaps more ferocious than T. rex? 

Many such amazing facts and discoveries - from 70-million-year-old crocodile eggs in Mumbai to the nesting ground of dinosaurs near Ahmedabad - are a part of Indica: A Deep Natural History of the Indian Subcontinent. Researching across wide-ranging scientific disciplines and travelling with scientists all over the country, biochemist Pranay Lal has woven together the first compelling narrative of India’s deep natural history, filled with fierce reptiles, fantastic dinosaurs, gargantuan mammals, and amazing plants. This story starts at the very beginning - from the time when a galactic swirl of dust coalesced to become our life-giving planet - and ends with the arrival of our ancestors on the banks of the Indus. Pranay Lal tells this story with verve, lucidity, and an infectious enthusiasm that comes from his deep, abiding love of nature. 

©2016 Pranay Lal (P)2019 Random House Audio

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loved it!

for anyone who is curious about how the world was shaped this is the book!

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Interesting and comprehensive

An interesting and comprehensive geological and evolutionary history of the Indian subcontinent. Superbly researched and well-narrated.

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irritable narration

please get some professional narrator please. I fell asleep listening to this guy. atrocious. the books contents are alright

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Nice book on Indias natural history

Indias Natural history told as a story. Even a person with no prior knowledge about Natural history can easily. Story telling is also nice and the names of places have not been anglicised as its been read by an Indian.

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A must book, in our library

Makes a good reading. Easy and sequential. All the way till the pre-historic time. We don't find many such books! Congratulations to author for the efforts taken in preparing for this book.

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Arduous piece of work!

Need to do it once more to absorb the timeline and get a better hang of the journey.