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Ganga: A Journey Down the Ganges River

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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 andldquo;Mother Gangaandrdquo; 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, she is also exploited without remorse. Much of her water has been siphoned off for irrigation, toxic chemicals are dumped into her, and dams and barrages have been built on her course, causing immense damage. Ganga is in danger of dyingandmdash;but if the river dies, will the goddess die too?

The question took journalist Julian Crandall Hollick on an extraordinary journey through northern India: from the riverandrsquo;s source high in the Himalayas, past great cities and poor villages, to lush Saggar Island, where the river finally meets the sea. Along the way he encounters priests and pilgrims, dacoits and dolphins, the fishermen who subsist on the river, and the villagers whose lives have been destroyed by her. He finds that popular devotion to Ganga is stronger and blinder than ever, and it is putting herandmdash;and her peopleandmdash;in great risk.

Combining travelogue, science, and history, Ganga is a fascinating portrait of a river and a culture. It will show you India as you have never imagined it.

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Combining travelogue, science, and history, Ganga is an extraordinary journey through northern India: from the riverand#8217;s source high in the Himalayas, past great cities and poor villages, to lush Saggar Island, where the river finally meets the sea. Along the way Julian Crandall Hollick encounters priests and pilgrims, dacoits and dolphins, the fishermen who subsist on the river, and the villagers whose lives have been destroyed by her. He finds that popular devotion to Ganga is stronger and blinder than ever, and it is putting herand#151;and her peopleand#151;in great risk.

About the Author

Julian Crandall Hollick is an award-winning producer and writer of radio documentaries. His programs have aired on NPR, the BBC, and CBC in Canada, and his writing has appeared in publications including Smithsonian and The New Republic. Hollick was described by Peter Jennings as “the person who taught me about Islam,” and by countless Indians as “the man who knows more about India than we Indians” (Radio Midday, Mumbai).

Product Details

ISBN:
9781597263863
Subtitle:
A Journey Down the Ganges River
Author:
Hollick, Julian Cran
Author:
Hollick, Julian
Author:
Hollick, Julian Crandall
Author:
Crandall Hollick, Julian
Publisher:
Island Press
Subject:
Rivers
Subject:
Asia - India
Subject:
Hinduism - General
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Ganges River (India and Bangladesh)
Subject:
Crandall Hollick, Julian - Travel -
Subject:
Ecosystems & Habitats - Rivers
Subject:
Travel-India
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20071015
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 maps
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Combining travelogue, science, and history, Ganga is an extraordinary journey through northern India: from the riverand#8217;s source high in the Himalayas, past great cities and poor villages, to lush Saggar Island, where the river finally meets the sea. Along the way Julian Crandall Hollick encounters priests and pilgrims, dacoits and dolphins, the fishermen who subsist on the river, and the villagers whose lives have been destroyed by her. He finds that popular devotion to Ganga is stronger and blinder than ever, and it is putting herand#151;and her peopleand#151;in great risk.

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