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Believed to be the liquid manifestation of Shakti and the nurturer of the three worlds with her life-sustaining waters, Goddess Ganga is the epitome of beauty and purity, famous for her indomitable spirit and boundless charm. Renowned as a devoted daughter, a caring mother, a passionate lover, and a merciful saviour, she is here to absorb and absolve us of our sins. A cons ...more
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Published November 10th 2018 by Rupa Publications
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Bharath
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ganga has a special place of reverence in Indian tradition, the Goddess expressed as the river. Anuja Chandramouli’s book brings Ganga to life – a very imaginative tale around the popular Goddess.

Goddess Ganga is the daughter of King Himavat and Mena, with Parvati being her younger sister. Parvati, as popular legend has it is Lord Shiva’s faithful consort. Ganga is the epitome of charm and energy – with the ability to soothe, cure or destroy. For the most part, she sustains Bhoomi Devi (Earth) w
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Vishnu Chevli
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Anuja's word sorcery has mesmerized us since we have read Shakti two years back. To prove our devotion towards the author, we have our precious possession. Out of 9 books that Anuja has published we have 7 books with us, only missing guys are "Rani Padmavati" & Kamadeva. We are hopeful that they will be added to our shelf with their siblings soon.

We were on our vacation when we saw first communication about Anuja's latest release which is "Ganga - The Constant Goddess" The first thing we di
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Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
My thanks to the author Anuja Chandramouli and Rupa Publishing Co Ltd for a review copy of this book.

The river Ganges or Ganga is of course, the most sacred river in India, and in mythology she is also a goddess, who lived in the heavens but came to earth after a sage–king, Bhagirath, undertook a rigorous penance. This is the story of Ganga the goddess, taking us through many episodes in her life, from her days as a young girl living in the home of her loving parents, the mountain god Himavan an
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MRIDULA
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I finished Ganga today and I have to say, Anuja Chandramouli has re-imagined the mysterious Goddess in a wonderful way. The book brings together all the folklore around Ganga. Ganga is just like her river counterpart- vibrant, dynamic, rebellious and forgiving.

Anuja Chandramouli has written multiple books on Indian Mythology. And each book is an elaborate reimagining of the lesser known, but very important Gods from the Hindu Mythology.

Ganga, the Goddess is worshiped because she is believed to r
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Maittri
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ganga: The Constant Goddess by Anuja Chandramouli was a great book to start the year with. I love reading mythology and Hindu myths have a special place in my heart since they are the ones that got me into reading. I am always looking for retellings that puts those same myths in a new different light and this work did not disappoint.

I have mentioned this in my review of Kartikeya by Chandramouli that her characters are so well done that they make the entire novel more special on their own.
I mean
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Anushree
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: feminism
‘Parvati’, in the book Karthikeya, burnt bright in my memory for a very long time even after I had finished the book. The glimpses of her strength come back to me even now. Anuja Chandramouli, for me, had created a brilliantly inspirational POV of a woman who had taken the angriest, most destructive man as her husband.

So when I took up Ganga: The Constant Goddess, I had similar expectations and Anuja didn’t disappoint at all.

A society picks up almost everything from its mythology, and there is n
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Swapna Peri
Book Title: Ganga: The Constant Goddess
Author: Anuja Chandramouli
Format: Ebook

Book Title:
The title of the book is ‘Ganga: The Constant Goddess and it is self-explanatory

Book Cover:
The cover of the book is a painting of a Woman(the protagonist Ganga) wearing a white Sari with a lotus garland around her neck. Her free hair resembles the serene waves of water where the mighty swans swimming in them. A crescent moon on top of her head will remind you, Lord Shiva. On whole, the lady on the cover book
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Sahil Pradhan
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In his remarkable speech at the burial of Julius Caesar, Marc Antony starts by criticizing Caesar and praising Brutus, but from the first word itself, it is loaded with political shrewdness. Anuja Chandramouli is a brilliant writer. In a country where English proficiency is equated with brilliance, she often dazzles the middle-class Indians with her esoteric English wordplay. However, possession of a good thesaurus and nimble fingers for writing are of not much help in navigating the complex jun ...more
Uma   ~Books.Bags.Burgers.
(I received a free copy of this book from the author and Rupa publications in exchange for an honest review.)

CHARACTERS

The thing i love about Anuja chandramouli's characters are that they're so relatable. She writes in such a way that even the great Goddess Ganga feels so relatable and we understand her feelings. intentions and ideas so well. Although the holy river is seen as a Goddess, there are so many versions of her that the author explores. Each version is depicted so wonderfully; Ga
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Krutika Puranik
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ganga - The constant goddess.
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I'd like to thank the author for sending this review copy.
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As I grew up, I've heard many stories about Lord Shiva who was and is still considered as the most handsome of all. When people refer to Shiva, it doesn't take much time for them to stress the importance of Goddess Ganga. From adorning Shiva's lustrous locks to being an epitome of serenity, Ganga has the power to save the world and also end it. This book is about Ganga in all her glory, one that celebrates h
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Gunjan Mittal
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book talks about the story of Ganga and the mythological aspects of her life. In addition to the story of the Goddess Ganga, there are many small and big aspects of other Gods and Goddesses. All the major events of mythology are depicted from the eyes of Ganga. The story is told in a way that it will be loved and liked by people of all age groups.

The story starts with a young Ganga who is strong in her opinion and is really carefree. She is the daughter of the mountain king Himavat and queen
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Merril Anil
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have always been amazed at the author’s language style. It always seems to carry a poetic quality and sounds melodies which is an odd way to describe a book but it is what it is for me. Just as with the previous books, Ganga too takes on a beautiful mythological journey and in between taking in all the snippets of other added mythological stories we have all grown up, listening. The difference being the language and the way these stories are narrated and put together to create a beautiful expe ...more
Privy Trifles
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yet another masterpiece from the author!

I have been reading the author's works since her debut and have loved each and every work of hers till now. It is exciting to be a part of the author's journey and witness how over a period of time they mature, in both, their thoughts and their words. Their understanding of life and its intricacies becomes perhaps a bit more better, making them more prolific than what they were before. Anuja Chandramouli brings forth such honesty to her writing that it is
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Aravind
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Anuja Chandramouli has attempted with this novel to bring together the numerous references to the eternal river Ganga—worshipped as a goddess by the Hindus—from various religious texts and folklore to build a cogent story, and has succeeded to a large extent. Starting with her adolescence at the house of her father Himavan, the story traces Ganga's journey during which she constantly works to maintain the balance of the three worlds, providing guidance and solace to lost souls.
Well known episode
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Taanya Ahuja
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Title: Ganga the Constant Goddess
Author: Anuja Chandramouli
Published on: 20th November 2018
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 9353332680



"The wise men,when looking for a place of sacrifice, made sure there was a perennial source of water."




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Believed to be the liquid manifestation of Shakti and the nurturer of the three worlds with her life-sustaining waters, Goddess Ganga is the epitome of beauty and purity, famous for her indomitable spirit and boundless charm. Renowned as a
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Roma
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Title: Ganga – The Constant Goddess

Author: Anuja Chandramouli

Length: 271 pages

Publisher: Rupa Publications

Genre: Mythological, History

My rating: 5/5

Summary:

The book is based on the folktales of a main river Ganga also known as Ganges in India. The holy river which is worshipped in India has many stories and all the stories have been woven in this delightful book.

My Take:

This is the third book I am reading by the author. Had loved the earlier books of Padmavati and Prithviraj Chauhan. Couldn’t be
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Manjri Gopalan
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I would like to thank the author, Ms. Anuja Chandramouli, for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Ganga: The Constant Goddess a mythological fiction novel about the sacred river Ganga, which combines many of the popular and little-known stories from Mahabharata and other religious literature about the goddess. The novel portrays Ganga as a free-spirited being who challenges the rules set by the males of the society. She is also portrayed as someone who is compa
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dunkdaft
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This, was my first read of Anuja. Despite the fact that her Arjuna was my very first Kindle purchase. Don't know why I still haven't read it. Because, after reading Ganga, I ought to do that very soon. 


It took a good amount of time (and of course, pages) to get used to her style of telling the tale. Because I am always slow when it comes to descriptive paragraphs and bit heavy words, which are constant here in her telling. But when you are used to it, you know the purpose behind it. The way it c
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Saraswathi Sambasivan
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are some books that leave a lasting impression. This is one of them. Ganga, the beautiful, spritely wild child leaves you exasperated with her energy. Ganga is fun, laughter and everything impulsive. Her equation with her sister Parvathy is interesting . From just being mythology, this book goes beyond and makes the reader ponder about the plight of our water bodies, how mankind has treated them with utter callousness. But she flows, enriching and nourishing lives. Her descent from the hea ...more
Shashank Pandey
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ganga- It has become a word of debate and paradox in the last few years. Big promises are made by the people responsible for its cleanliness but there is no work done at ground level.

But, have you ever wondered that what was the story of Ganga. How it descended from Paradise (Swarg) to Earth (Bhoomi) and what was the reason behind this descent. Many of you may have known the story behind this as it is quite famous among Indians and is a part of our culture, but it is only a fraction of the whole
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Sonali Dabade
Honest rating: 3.5 stars.

Short review soon.
Enakshi J
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Anuja Chandramouli’s new book ‘Ganga: The Constant Goddess’ explores the descent, the origin, the transformation and the persona of one of the mightiest rivers in the world. Just like water (pun used), Ganga is also free-willed and vivacious. She cannot be bound by the chains of patriarchy or misogyny or sexual objectification. She is audacious and calls a spade a spade. At the same time, she is an epitome of beauty and kindness. The story has several sub-plots (most of which we would have heard ...more
Gayathiri Rajendran
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is my first read of 2019 and the author has delivered yet another masterpiece.I was fortunate enough to receive a free copy from the author herself in exchange for a honest review.
The writing is elegant.I had some knowledge about the Ganga,the goddess very much revered and worshipped in India and at some places the storyline was predictable but the writing was unputdownable.In this book,we get to see multiple facets of Ganga's personality.This book also talks about lesser known stories and
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Rajesh CNB
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: indian-authors
A Richly Descriptive Retelling of a Mythological Tale

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and I am super glad I received and read it. Thank you Anuja ji, for the generous gesture.

Mythology, specifically Indian Mythology, is a vast and complex subject to venture into. Apart from the risk of being repetitive, it requires a certain degree of imagination, verve and a mindset to explore worlds that we don't really understand and experience. Indian Mythology is riddled wit
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Ramya Abhinand
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it
With a slow start, the book picks pace midway to create a sketch of Ganga as an indomitable one. As the flow of chapters quickens, Anuja's descriptions create a visual form in the readers mind, giving insights into Ganga’s persona. Her temper, contrasting patience and the hues and shades of her mood are eloquently described. It is but natural for readers to draw parallels with modern day women and their life, from the metaphoric lines delivered by characters. With facts in place, it speaks volum ...more
Sriram Radhakrishnan
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
One more gem from the author. Read my entire review here: https://instinctspeaks.wordpress.com/...
Agnivo Niyogi
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Anuja Chandramouli’s Ganga is not just the one-dimensional Ganga Maiya whom everyone worships to cleanse their sins. She is a woman – a free-spirited goddess, who has her way. She is a prolific lover, a fighter and survivor and above-all, Ganga refuses to fit in. That is why Anuja touches upon the recent controversies surrounding #MeToo movement in her own style in this mythological fiction.

Full Review: https://antorjatikbangali.wordpress.c...
Gowri Rajkumar
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Nov 27, 2018
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Anuja Chandramouli is a bestselling Indian author and New Age Indian Classicist. Her highly acclaimed debut novel, Arjuna: Saga of a Pandava Warrior-Prince, was named by Amazon India as one of the top 5 books in the Indian Writing category for the year 2013. Kamadeva: The God of Desire and Shakti: The Divine Feminine are her other bestsellers. Currently all three books are being translated into Hi ...more