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India A to Z (An Alphabetical Tour of Incredible India)

India A to Z (An Alphabetical Tour of Incredible India)
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Item Code: NAG640
Publisher: Puffin Books
Language: English
Edition: 2013
ISBN: 9780143332572
Pages: 168 (Throughout Color Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 9 inch X 7 inch
weight of the book: 205 gms

Back of the Book

 

Why are the Himalayas considered geologically alive? When did the first train huff and puff its way between two stations in India? What was India’s very own desi dino called? How did India’s currency come to be named the ‘rupee’? Which Indian glacier is the highest battleground in the world? Who wrote the world’s first grammar book?

 

If questions like these make you curious about incredible India, here is a bumper infopedia meant just for you! Packed with fascinating facts, terrific trivia and colourful cartoons on just about everything in India, this book encourages interest in a wide range of subjects. Use it for homework help, for project ideas, to boost your general knowledge or as a ready reference because this must-have book makes getting to know India as easy as ABC!

 

Authors’ Note

 

Bharat. Hindustan. Jambudweep. Down the ages, India has been known by all these names ... besides being called the Land of Spices, the Land of Festivals and the Land of Seven Rivers. This vast, vibrant country, rich in marvels both natural and man-made, has a culture that goes back more than 5000 years. It has also been ruled by some of the mightiest dynasties. So it comes as no surprise that we encounter innumerable wonders, mysteries and puzzles throughout India!

 

This book is a celebration of the country’s treasures, both ancient and modern. As you can imagine, we could not possibly squeeze in all of them into a single book. Then why have we chosen to call it India: A to Z?

 

Good question! Now, close your eyes and imagine you are at your favourite food court. Someone orders all the goodies available there, and tells you that you can have a bite of every single thing there is to eat. Wouldn’t that be cool? Well, we are aiming to do something similar in our book. We are going to give you little titbits of information about all the important things that capture the essence of India. And we hope it will get you started on a lifelong journey of discovery.

 

From the Aadhar card to the oldest zoo, from Bollywood to yoga, from Indian dinosaurs to our mythical monsters, the book has interesting information, funky facts and trivia treats from every region in the country. They will give you an exciting overview of India and its history, fairs and festivals, monuments and myths, art and architecture, wildlife and wonders, its movers and shakers and much more. Get ready to sample everything from the awesome to the zany, from the fabulous to the funny, from the groovy to the gory, and from the saintly to the scary. What’s more, there are cool cartoons and beautiful photographs that lend colour to the pages of this fun-tastic book! Curious kya? Then, flip the page, and have a blast on your alphabetical tour of Incredible India!

 

Contents

 

A

1

Aadhar

 

Ajanta

 

Armed Forces

 

Aryabhata

 

B

7

Bazaars

 

Beaches

 

Bhopal Gas Tragedy

 

Bollywood

 

Buddha

 

C

14

Chess

 

Churches

 

Constitution

 

Crafts

 

Cricket

 

Cuisines

 

D

24

Dabbawala

 

Dances

 

Delhi

 

E

29

Elections

 

Emperors

 

Energy

 

Epics

 

F

36

Festivals

 

Forts

 

Forts

 

G

44

Gandhi

 

Ganga

 

Gods and Goddesses

 

H

50

Handlooms

 

Hill Stations

 

Himalayas

 

Hindustani Music

 

Howrah Bridge

 

I

57

Independence

 

India Gate and Gateway of India

 

Indus Valley Civilization

 

Information Technology

 

J

63

Jallianwalla 8agh

 

Jama Masjid

 

Jawaharlal Nehru

 

J.R.D. Tata

 

K

68

Kalidasa

 

Kanyakumari

 

Kashmir

 

Koh-i-Noor

 

Kumbh Mela

 

L

75

Ladakh

 

Lakes

 

Languages

 

Lucknow

 

M

81

Metros

 

Monsoon

 

Monuments

 

Musical Instruments

 

Mythical Monsters

 

N

91

Namaste

 

National Parks

 

National Symbols

 

Newspapers

 

Nobel Laureates

 

O

100

Observatories

 

Olive Ridley Turtles

 

Om

 

P

105

Paintings

 

Palaces

 

Panchatantra

 

Ports

 

Post

 

Q

114

Queens

 

Qutub Minar

 

R

117

Railways

 

Rajasaurus

 

Rangoli

 

Religion

 

Rupee

 

S

125

Saints

 

Sari

 

Seven Sisters

 

Spice

 

Sundarbans

 

T

133

Taj Mahal

 

Temples

 

Toys

 

Trees

 

U

140

Unani Medicine

 

Union Territories

 

Universities

 

V

145

Varanasi

 

Villages

 

W

148

Wagah

 

Wazwan

 

Weddings

 

X

152

X Avatars of Vishnu

 

Xuanzang

 

Y

156

Yatra

 

Yoga

 

Z

159

Zero

 

Zoos

 

 

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