Alice Albinia, through Indus, tells one of the most fascinating stories in history — the journey upriver and the myths and legends that are interwoven into its winding path. As she follows the river upstream, it becomes a journey back in time.

In Empires of the Indus: The Story of a River, each chapter deals with a particular historical period and begins with an apt quote from a text from that period. We come across stories of Buddha, Alexander the Great, the Chinese traveller Xuanzang, and even people from the Stone Age.

Albinia also highlights the significance of the river in India’s history.

Albinia’s descriptive writing and style adds more colour to the book. It gives us a glimpse of history through the story of a river.

EMPIRES OF THE INDUS: THE STORY OF A RIVER by Alice Albinia

Gauri Lekshmi, VIII, Mirambika Free Progress School, New Delhi