Reading The River

India Today - - LEISURE -

GANGA

The Many Pasts of a River

by Sudipta Sen

VIK­ING

`799; 464 pages

From Bha­gi­ratha’s penance to when the Bri­tish thought the Ganga was more physical than spir­i­tual, this book has ev­ery­thing RIVER OF LIFE, RIVER OF DEATH

The Ganges and India’s Fu­ture

by Vic­tor Mal­let

OX­FORD UNIVER­SITY PRESS `550; 344 Pages

The book looks at why the Ganges is si­mul­ta­ne­ously wor­shipped and abused by the same peo­ple THE GANGES

by Raghu­bir Singh

THAMES AND HUD­SON `2,069; 192 pages

First pub­lished in 1992, this pho­to­book is both re­portage and art. Though th­ese pic­tures may be fa­mil­iar to­day, they tell a story of the Ganga that still seems novel

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