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Indica: A Deep Natural History of the Indian Subcontinent Kindle Edition
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Indica opens up a new view of our subcontinent, one that we must protect and cherish, Live Mint
Our planet has an eventful past, and in writing its natural history in Indica, Pranay Lal zooms in on the Indian subcontinent, India Today
Geography lessons would have been fun had they been designed in the manner of this lucid and accessible history of the landmass of South Asia, Indian Express
Written with all the tension of a suspense novel and the lyrical prose of a nature lover, Indica, is better than any sci-fi novel because the events are so extreme, the cast of characters so outlandish but the story so true, Huffington Post
A spectacular new book brings alive the natural history of the Indian subcontinent, Scroll
Eloquently written and profusely illustrated, the book offers a multi-disciplinary narrative on India's complex natural history. The enthusiasm with which the author has shared his two decades of tireless pursuit makes a lay person connect with it as easily as a more discerning reader. The easy-to-read text offers a lucid and accessible account of the science of evolution, as insightful as it is gripping, Hindu Businessline --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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- File size : 131126 KB
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- Print length : 545 pages
- Publisher : Allen Lane (7 December 2016)
- ASIN : B01N0RNLWP
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- Language: : English
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Indica by Pranay Lal is, however, a shining star. Solid ray of hope towards the future of Science in India. Pranay seems to be extremely curious, passionate discoverer and a thorough researcher (50 odd pages in 'Notes' section attest to the amount of research he has done), who has been exploring this topic for 22 years and committed last 4 years to writing this book. And what a masterpiece it has turned out to be! I would compare it with the works of people like Carl Sagan, David Attenborough, Jared Diamond, Carl Zimmer.
Besides research, Pranay seems to have traveled all over India to explore sites of importance from a geology or paleontology perspective. Places he mentioned are all over India, Pakistan, as well as around the world. For someone like me who has no prior interest in studying rocks or fossils, this book has changed the way I would see mountains, rivers, and landscapes of India, which is a priceless gift to the reader.
His writing is smooth and often witty. Loved tidbits like where he reminded the reader of a rock in Karnataka being the one where character called Sambha sat in a Bollywood mega-hit movie of 70s called 'Sholay' that every Indian can relate to. There are several such instances. I cannot think of any page that was not gripping.
I plan to read/refer to this book again and this would make a prized possession for a long time.
Highly recommend, even if you never thought highly of fossils or dinosaurs or rocks or atmosphere. You will be surprised.
One minor quibble I have is to do with the generous usage of exclamation marks, which could have been avoided. I would have expected the editor to catch it, because the words and sentences by themselves are exciting enough.
Indica is one of those. Not just the fact that it's about natural history, but that is written by an indian author, and is exquisite in detail, vivid in photos and colour. (buy it in hardcover)
Do you know about the recent genre of books that make our school history seem tame compared to the real historical stories? This book does the same for natural history. It feels like a visit to the natural history museum. (Maybe the author should attempt to curate one in India?)
It could decorate a coffee table, or be a good addition to a child's curriculum or be a part of any good library.
A word goes out for the publishers of the book, who have created a high quality print. The pages are a pleasure to hold and the colour quality is extremely high, picture resolution is good as well. For a book that contains nearly one color illustration every two pages, the price (with the Amazon discount) is commendable.
Now with the flowing praise, some rejoinders.
Some people would find this boring. It is not a fast read. It contains plenty of information.
While the early sections of the book are very very good. The later half seems under-edited and could do with some pruning.
It contains much breadth and therefore of any topics interest you further (for example origin of life) you may find yourself needing to dig deeper elsewhere.
If these points are likely to put you off, you may not be able to enjoy this book in full.
every once in a while, a book like this comes along and throws so much light on all the stuff that you see right around you; what joy!
have even started storing most of the offbeat locations mentioned in the book in a specific gMaps Location/Place List ("Indica by Pranay LAL") so that any time i am in their vicinity (they show up starred), can just pop across for a gander
History books taught me to look at Human constructs like an old fort, a bridge or a grand monument with awe but, never taught me to look at a handful of soil, a rock, a hillock, a tree, an insect or some animal with awe & wonder.
We have lived with uncounted number of life forms and myriad aspects of our natural surroundings all along. And our History is incomplete without considering all that. With this book, History now feels like a continuum extending into the present, alive and surrounding me. Things that once looked trivial now become sacred with a long story and a rich past.
Thank You Pranay Lal.
The book has been divided into several parts based on the chronological basis. It starts a little after big bang, right about the time when the earth was merely a hot gas ball. I find the pace of the writing absolutely appropriate. As the events progress, the scientific facts has been very easily explained. Most of all, the illustrations are amazing. I could not expect a book to be so in depth in it's study without sounding too technical with so many pictures.
This book is an asset. The illustrations are even better than some of the coffee table books. MUST BUY!!