Author: B L C Johnson
Publisher: Vision/Orient paperbacks
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170944287
This encyclopedic dictionary brings modern India to your fingertips. A most valuable and original work of reference.
With a billion people inhabiting a land ranging from sandy desert to rainforest, from the world's highest ranges to some of its most extensive plains, India presents an amazing diversity of landscapes and patterns of human occupation and activity. The vast and varied physical and human geography has now been packed into this unique encyclopedic reference work - the first of its kind - by a noted scholar who has traveled and researched the region for close to six decades.
This work encompasses in alphabetically arranged entries:
* India's states, districts and cities, describing their physical, demographic and economic characteristics - population numbers, growth trends, density, languages, religions, primary, secondary and tertiary economic functions, levels of economic development - and infrastructure; communications, health, education.
*Elements that constitute agriculture and industry crops, irrigation, multipurpose projects, minerals, manufactures.
* Hypsographic regions, mountain peaks and ranges, hills, plains, rivers etc. which are located, described and related to the districts they occupy.
* Wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and tiger projects, as well as places of particular historical interests are noted.
In addition, the author's Introduction provides the reader a remarkably succinct overview and context of geographical India as a whole, and numerous cross-references help the enquiring reader to explore related interests.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK:
An outstanding achievement. Here is a veritable goldmine of information about today's India, an essential source for the scholar, businessman, student, diplomat, traveler and inquiring citizen. - Prof. Robin Jeffery, La Trobe University, Australia