Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “La hija del Ganges” as Want to Read:
La hija del Ganges
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

La hija del Ganges

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  207 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Tenía cinco años cuando abandonó el asilo de Bombay, para ser acogida por una familia en Barcelona. Convertida en una joven y feliz mujer, Asha cuenta su regreso a su país natal, en busca de sus orígenes. A la vez habla del milagro de la adopción, también narrado por su madre. Un jubiloso canto a la generosidad y el amor.
Paperback, 126 pages
Published 2003 by Debolsillo
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about La hija del Ganges, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about La hija del Ganges

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 438)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
This book is the story of an adoption. The narrator speaks about how she, after being born and having lived in Mumbai till the age of six, was adopted by a couple from Barcelona in the 70s.
She talks about the details of how she became adopted, and uses fragments of her adoptive mother's diary at the time before and right after the adoption took place to reconstruct the mood and the details of the experience for all the members of the family.
This narration alternates also with the narrator's fir
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Very simply written, but also very emotional. Yes, it's translated from Spanish (?) to English but don't let that detract. It's a beautiful tale that any adoptee and adoptive parent should read.

I was able to slightly identity with Asha, especially the second half of the book. I never knew my my mother's father's side of the family due to family messiness. He died before I was born. This summer I got to meet them at last and made some discoveries about who I am.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 14 15 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Good Theme 1 1 Jul 14, 2011 06:21AM  
  • A Single Square Picture
  • Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption
  • In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories
  • China Ghosts: My Daughter's Journey to America, My Passage to Fatherhood
  • Two Little Girls: A Memoir of Adoption
  • Lucky Girl
  • Inside Transracial Adoption
  • My Fathers' Daughter
  • Mayflower Madam: The Secret Life of Sydney Biddle Barrows
  • The Flying Carpet of Small Miracles: A Woman's Fight to Save Two Orphans
  • Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption
  • The Baby Thief: The Untold Story of Georgia Tann, the Baby Seller Who Corrupted Adoption
  • A Princess Found: An American Family, an African Chiefdom, and the Daughter Who Connected Them All
  • Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self
  • The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption
  • Raising Adopted Children: Practical Reassuring Advice for Every Adoptive Parent
  • One Small Boat: The Story of a Little Girl, Lost Then Found
  • Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today's Parents
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 about Asha Miró...
Rastos de Sândalo Other Face Of The Moon Daughter of the Ganges: The Story of One Girl's Adoption and Her Return Journey to India آثار الصندل Figlia del Gange

Share This Book