Daughter of the Ganges by Asha Miró

June 20, 2006
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Daughter of the Ganges
A Memoir
Asha Miró

Atria Books
June 2006
Hardcover/320 pages
ISBN: 0-7432-8672-3
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". . .an intimate look into one woman’s quest to uncover her origins."

"…delves into the wider issues of international adoption along with the values and lifestyles of Western society contrasted with Indian life."

Daughter of the Ganges, originally published in Spain, the country in which Miró was raised from a small child, is an intimate look into one woman’s quest to uncover her origins. The memoir is actually comprised of two separate books: the first covers Miró’s first venture into India; the second her return trip with a documentary team. Each section has its own distinct voice that complement each other.

 

 

Miró spent her early years in Indian orphanages, first in the city of Nasik and later in Bombay. She was adopted at six by a Spanish couple and grew up in Barcelona. In her early twenties, she feels her past calling to her. She decides to return to India to retrace the childhood steps that led her to Spain. Written in short, diary-like chapters, interspersed with journal entries her adoptive mother made when Miró was a child, the reader accompanies Miró as she makes her tenuous discoveries, struggling with her conflicting feelings of both belonging and being an outsider. On her return trip, she unearths more truths about her past, reunites with family, and learns ultimately where she came from.

Daughter of the Ganges shares not only one woman’s personal story, but delves into the wider issues of international adoption along with the values and lifestyles of Western society contrasted with Indian life. It also offers a glimpse into the experiences of people, particularly women, who live harsh, yet beautiful, lives. Daughter of the Ganges is a compelling, honest account of one woman who discovers not only herself, but a country as well.
Reviewer: Lesley Williams

 

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