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Ganga: A Journey Down the Ganges River

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  8 reviews
The Ganges has always been more than just an ordinary river. For millions of Indians, she is also a goddess. According to popular belief, bathing in “Mother Ganga” dissolves all sins, drinking her waters cures illness, and dying on her banks ensures freedom from the cycle of death and rebirth.

Yet there remains a paradox: while Ganga is worshipped devotedly, sh
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published October 15th 2007 by Island Press
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Feb 11, 2008 rated it liked it
You know all those great travel books that make you laugh at the author's missteps even as the same authors deepen their cultural understanding and find satisfying personal growth through traveling outside their comfort zones? This isn't one of them. The (non-Indian) author comes across as very much at ease and in his element as he journeys from the source of the Ganges to its outlet with a varying cast of companions. The book is very interesting and there's much to consider from an ecological s ...more
Apr 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot, and I’d say that even if I wasn’t fascinated with all things Indian. Have you ever been around someone who is in a whole other league intellectually? That’s what I felt about the author while reading; he is brilliant, yet very accessible and writes with a nice sense of humor. I could tell how much Hollick loves India and the river and this came through in his writing and made the book an enjoyable read. His scientific knowledge brought a different perspective making this ...more
Praveen Bhat
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For someone who wants to start to know / understand River Ganga in terms for - Religion; as Goddess; understand her secrets in terms of religious believes Vs Scientific discoveries; how we have polluted, used her for economical benefits - I feel this is the book to start with..
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
A wonderful thought provoking book about the river Ganga seen through a socio-ecological point of view. The author journeys from Ganga's origin in Gaumukh, through the plains of Haridwar, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, and to Sagar Island where Ganga meets the Bay of Bengal. He tries to understand the link between Ganga the goddess versus Ganga the river. The author throughout his journey talks to different people including pandas in the tirthas, devotees, environmentalists, fishermen and other pe ...more
Puja Kathait
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good, first hand insights of The Sacred Rived of India, of which even we indians do not know much about!
The author is simple, focussed and relatable. A good read for someone who's interested in Ganga.
Apr 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Really a very good book to know about past, present and future of river ganga.

A must read for every Indian and for people who believe Ganga is goddess.
Anuradha Goyal
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Know Ganga scientifically, mythologically, physically, emotionally :
Apr 19, 2013 marked it as triedtoread
Not what I was in the mood for.
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