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Daughter of the Ganges: The Story of One Girl's Adoption and Her Return Journey to India

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Growing up in an Indian orphanage, Asha Miró; dreamed that someday she would be adopted. At the age of six, her wish finally came true, but only at the misfortune of another. A Catalan family was in the process of adopting twins when one of the children suddenly fell ill and died -- a twist of fate that led the family to adopt Asha instead. Leaving a life of pover...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by Atria Books (first published January 1st 2003)
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Christina
Probably because this is a translation, the writing was choppy and uninteresting. The first half of the story was better than the second. A woman adopted from India returns and finds a sister and confronts the "what might have been" in her life.
Hardeep
Perhaps I was expecting more, but this book was "so-so". If you are interested in reading about an adoptee who travels back to the land of their birth to trace their birth/roots then this might be of interest to you.
Maarit
Gangesin tytär on Asha Mirón omaelämäkerta, jossa hän kertoo adoptiostaan sekä kahdesta matkastaan Intiaan etsimään juuriaan. Kirja on jaettu kahteen osaan, jotka ovat ilmestyneet alunperin erikseen. Ensimmäisessä osassa käsitellään Ashan vuonna 1995 tekemää ensimmäistä matkaa Intiaan vapaaehtoistyöntekijänä, joka selvittää juuriaan käymällä muun muassa orpokodissa, josta hänet on adoptoitu. Toisessa osassa käsitellään Ashan toista, 2005 tehtyä matkaa Intiaan, jonka tarkoituksena on selvittää li...more
Violet Crush
This is the story of an adoption. Asha was an Indian orphan who was adopted at the age of 6 by a couple in Barcelona. When Asha is in her twenties she feels an urge to find out about her origins, about her real parents. She takes up a volunteering assignment in Mumbai for a month and simultaneously find out more about her roots.

Daughter of the Ganges is the story of how she travels back to the village where she was born. This book was released in Italian in 2 parts when she first visits India an...more
Flevy Crasto
A touching story; in her journey back, Asha has not only discovered her past but has also discovered India. I can only imagine how hard it must have been for her to accept everything. In her quest to find her family she has raised some excellent questions and learnt some important aspects of life in her country of birth.

Even though she dressed like a Indian she could not really feel it “It is the way we look at things, ultimately, that differentiates us from people living on the other side of t...more
Shalini M
"Daughter of the Ganges" is one of the few non-fiction books I have read, and liked. It is a memoir of Asha, who is adopted from an christian orphange in Bombay at the age of six, by Miro couple of Barcelona. Her adoptive parents have adopted another daughter, and chose to retain the given names of both their daughters; the mother maintains a diary for each daughter, describing her thoughts and feelings as they bring up the daughters from another part of the world. The book starts with Asha's me...more
Pamela_b_lawrencemsn.com
A true adoption love story. In 1974 Asha was adopted from an orphanage in Mumbai at the age of 7 by a Catalan family in Barcelona. The first section of the book is her memoir of her first visit to India since leaving in 1995. She interweaves her descriptions of her internal and external journey with entries from the journal her mother kept prior to and for the month after her arrival in Spain. This tells the story of adoption as it is, potent in the depths of love shared by this family. The book...more
Avigail
I thoroughly enjoyed Asha Miro's novel. Her journey and discoveries made for a page turning book that I was unable to put down! This is a book for all Adopted children, those who have adopted, and for those who one day would like to adopt, as well as for those just looking for a very interesting and well written story!
This is a book about trying to find out about oneself, and Asha Miro is the young woman who is trying to piece together her fragmented past, from her life in India until she was si...more
Rhoda
In theory this sounded like it was going to be a great memoir... a young Indian girl is adopted by a Spanish couple and is taken to live in Barcelona. The book follows her 2 journeys back to India to find her roots and relatives. The book does have some excellent descriptions of life in India, which I really liked, however the story just wasn't as compelling and moving as I expected it would be. It was nice enough and interesting enough, but the writing style just didn't draw me in. Perhaps it's...more
Ashlee
This book is in between a 4 and a 5. I really didn't know which one to give it, so I just settled on 4. This story was inspiring, intriguing, emotional, and interesting. What Asha Miro did was an amazing thing and created an amazing story. Asha went back to India to find her past and to answer many questions about how and why she was put into an orphanage to later be adopted. This book was very easy to read and the only criticism I have is that I wish she had stuck more diary entries from her mo...more
Lis
Una bonita historia contada con sencillez. Aunque a veces el estilo está algo forzado, es una autobiografía que se lee muy rápidamente. Me ha gustado el detalle de incluir las reflexiones del diario de su madre adoptiva, y la parte en la que habla de los nombres.
Laurie
I enjoyed learning about Asha's experience of visiting India many years after being adopted from there by a family from Barcelona. It sounds like she had a very good adoptive family and her reintroduction to her birth-family relatives went relatively smoothly. She writes very well- I could easily picture her in that Catholic orphanage, creeping up the spiral staircase, waiting for the nuns to be done with their prayers, and then asking them to find her parents. It wasn't the BEST book I've read...more
Catherine
This is a very interesting memoir of this Indian-born woman who was adopted from a Mumbai orphanage just before her seventh birthday by a couple from Barcelona. The first part of the book is about the author's first trip to India as a volunteer at a school and working with women. She begins exploring her roots with the nuns at the orphanage. The second half of the book chronicles her second trip, where she is able to locate her sister and many other family members, and is able to solve the myste...more
Carol
Jul 23, 2011 Carol added it
A light and quick read into the life of Asha, a girl from India who was adopted at the age of 6 and grew up in Spain. The frustration felt by Asha at trying to find details about her family in India, when records barely existed and for her to have to discover her life before adoption, twice. An interesting story and a good read. I enjoyed the book but found I wanted to know more about her life after finding her sister. I wanted to know how she built a relationship with her sister? Did she overco...more
Grace
Very interesting book; author is adopted daughter of Spanish couple who visits her native India and in 1st part of book talks about 1st visit, experiencing her native country and learning some about her biological family; last half is her 2nd visit where she learns much more about her biological family. Her emotional reactions and insights as an adoptive child/adult in a nurturing family who explores her biological country and meets her family is well told. Perhaps because of adoptions in my fam...more
Marilyn
Not a great book but an interesting one. Asha is an Indian 'orphan' adopted by a family in Barcelona. Since I just got back from India and I love Barcelona the book intrigued me. I was fascinated by her quest to find her Indian roots. She loved her adopted family and felt acceptance and happiness and thankfulness for the way she was raised but still had the need to know how she came to be in an orphanage. I especially appreciated her descriptions of India because I've been trying to put my own o...more
Kelvin Tan
An enjoyable book with happy endings.
Michelle
I could only go half-way through this book before I kind of just lost interest. The writing style is obviously from someone who's native language is not English so it's prose was a little more formal than I would anticipate for a book of this type. That's not a complaint - I'm learning a second language myself - more of an observation.

I'm happy for the author and this journey of self-discovery, having a deep interest in both Spain and India, but I couldn't get myself passionate about her journey...more
Emily
Wonderful book, beautiful and moving. I highly recommend it. Asha was six when she was adopted from an orphanage in India and moved to Spain with her new parents and little sister. At twenty-seven, she journeys back to India to learn about her past. She visits her orphanage, is reunited with several of her caregivers, learns about her family, and meets both her biological sister and the woman who nursed her when she was a baby.
Sarah
A very inspiring story about a woman who was adopted from India when she was six years old by a family in Barcelona. The memoir traces her story of adoption and two visits she made to India to research her family history. Her perceptions of India and the story of her sister's life in India were fascinating to read about.
Linda
One thing about belonging to a book club is that I am reading books I probably never would just because they aren't typically books I'd pick for myself.

My eyes have been opened many times to the way the world outside of the United States lives.

This was another interesting and informative book.
Neha
An emotional story of an Indian girl who is adopted by a Catalan couple and her journey to India in search of her biological parents. The book gives an insight into the emotional turmoils of adopted children seeking their biological parents. A beautifully written book.
Bachyboy
The writer is adopted from an orphanage in India when she was seven and moved to Barcelona. This is her story as she strives to find her birth family and is reunited with her sister. What I really enjoyed were the descriptions of rural India, having been there this year.
Tammielyn
I liked this book. The author, having retraced her life from an Indian orphanage to Barcelona, where a couple had adopted her, then back to India, turned her memoir into half travel journal, half personal diary.
Sonam Chamaria
The story is beautiful...very touching and heart warming...
However, I did not quite like the book much on the whole- its way too slow and unnecessarily descriptive. It could have been written in a better way.
Shawna
Quick read and such an interesting peronal perspective on international adoption. If you are considering adopting from India - it wouldn't hurt to read this memoir. It's quick and easy, and has great insight.
Queenbee
it's a great book- great read- totally recommend it- insight view on Indian culture and people and customs- adaption issues of foreign children of race other than once own- enjoyed the book very much.
Sonia Copeskey
Maybe 2 1/2 stars...interesting story, not a huge fan of the writing. A lot of that probably had to do with the translation from her native language to English. But, her story is truly remarkable.
Gabrielle
This book tells the history of a girl who was adopted from India to a Spanish family, and it revolves around her return trip to India. It was good and short but told her story well.
Susan
This was a touching story with an incredible premise. Miro's journey back to India to find her birth family was profoundly moving. Of interest to people interested in adoption and India.
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Asha Miró nació un 7 de noviembre de 1967 en la India, y allí vivió hasta los seis años , hasta que la adoptaron los que son sus padres hoy día.

Sus primeros años de vida transcurrieron en un orfanato de Bombay, concretamente desde los tres hasta los seis años de edad. En la actualidad Asha vive en Barcelona desde 1974, donde ha ejercido como maestra y donde actualmente trabaja en el departamento d...more
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