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Gods, Giants and the Geography of India

 | Book Awards 2022 | Writings for Young Adults

Gods, Giants and the Geography of India

Long ago, before science came up with explanations for the events that occurred in nature, people turned to stories to make sense of the wondrous workings of the natural world. And so, a life-giving stream became the gift of a goddess, a hot spring arose from the breath of a celestial snake and a heap of broken boulders served as a testament to a divine battle. Zigzagging through myths, folklore, history and geological theories, this book draws fascinating connections between ancient tales and the science behind the spectacular geography of India. An unusual, adventure-filled expedition across the country's varied terrain!

Full Title: Gods, Giants and the Geography of India: An essential guide to the myths, legends and science around India's geography

Author: Nalini Ramachandran
Publisher: Hachette India

Award Category: Writings for Young Adults
About the Book: 

In the east, a pirate king finds his plans foiled by a formidable force of nature.

In the north, a majestic mountain range emerges from a demon's tantrum.

In the west, a sea keeps a city safely hidden in its deep waters.

In the south, the avatar of a god gives a forest its name.

Long ago, before science came up with explanations for the events that occurred in nature, people turned to stories to make sense of the wondrous workings of the natural world. And so, a life-giving stream became the gift of a goddess, a hot spring arose from the breath of a celestial snake and a heap of broken boulders served as a testament to a divine battle.

Zigzagging through myths, folklore, local history and geological theories, this extraordinary book draws fascinating connections between ancient tales and the science behind the spectacular geography of India.

Join Nalini Ramachandran on a most unusual, adventure-filled expedition up, down and across the country's varied terrain!


About the Author: 

Nalini Ramachandran is always looking for interesting stories to tell – of glorious goddesses, daunting demons, stealthy shape-shifters, gorgeous geographies, wondrous wildlife, inspirational innovators and ordinary objects. Her works, both fiction and non-fiction, have appeared in a range of formats: comics and graphic novels, newspaper articles and magazine features, short stories and school textbooks, children's books and coffee-table books, animation scripts and screenplays. She also conducts workshops on creative writing and storytelling. To know more about her, visit www.authornalini.com.


Excerpt: 

In the east, a pirate king finds his plans foiled by a formidable force of nature.

In the north, a majestic mountain range emerges from a demon's tantrum.

In the west, a sea keeps a city safely hidden in its deep waters.

In the south, the avatar of a god gives a forest its name.

Long ago, before science came up with explanations for the events that occurred in nature, people turned to stories to make sense of the wondrous workings of the natural world. And so, a life-giving stream became the gift of a goddess, a hot spring arose from the breath of a celestial snake and a heap of broken boulders served as a testament to a divine battle.

Zigzagging through myths, folklore, local history and geological theories, this extraordinary book draws fascinating connections between ancient tales and the science behind the spectacular geography of India.

Join Nalini Ramachandran on a most unusual, adventure-filled expedition up, down and across the country's varied terrain!


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