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Mapping India

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Contents: Introduction India Takes Shape and Form The Mughal Empire Early Plans and Sketches Old Cities and Forts Surveys and Maps Wars and Acquisitions The Great Game and The Himalayas Mutiny and Famine General Maps and Atlases References and Suggested Reading

About the Author

Manosi Lahiri is a professional geographer. She completed her PhD in Geography at University of Delhi. Manosi was a lecturer at Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi and undertook consulting work for several UN agencies. She founded ML Infomap, a pioneering GIS company, in 1993 to propagate GIS technology. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from GIS Development at MapIndia in 2010.


Mapping India contains a wealth of illustrations, from a 15th-century map based on Ptolemy's "Cosmographia" to the red dividing lines drawn by Cyril Radcliffe in 1947. The maps from the intervening centuries serve as a fascinating visual history of the creation of the modern Indian state. The Economist, March 24, 2012 The maps that Lahiri presents in her widely researched book are alluring and piquant, taking the reader back almost to the mythical imagining of a land with four dhams or pilgrimage centers at its four corners. -- Bhaswati Charkavorty Telegraph, March 30, 2012 The distinguished Indian geographer Manosi Lahiri poses a number of intriguing questions in this sumptuous book. -- Stephen R. Fox The Portolan, Spring 2014 This magnificent publication will fill many gaps in our knowledge of the mapping of India. Dr Lahiri is a well-respected geographer, who has studied in Calcutta, SOAS London and Delhi, and her deep knowledge of both the geography of India as well as its history shows throughout. -- Susan Gole IMCOS International Map Collectors' Society, Summer 2012 Lahiri has brought her training as a geographer to bear upon an art that charts the shifting political and cultural fortunes of the country with great clarity...Lahiri has done a great service to map lovers everywhere with this book. -- Bibek Bhattacharya Outlook Traveller, February 2012 Through this book, Lahiri has brought to light the delightful art of map-making. Mapping India can be best described as a labour of love. With over 160 coloured maps and photographs, it is a visual treat. -- Ektaa Malik Pioneer, January 21, 2012 Manosi Lahiri's Mapping India will engage, inspire and enthrall an untapped reader base of wannabe cartographers and history buffs to the rare treasures that size up the contours and corners of subcontinental India. -- Fiona Fernandez Mid-Day, January 25, 2012

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