#Books For You | Ganga: The Many Pasts of a River

Editor | Non-Fiction

The Ganga enjoys a special place in the hearts of millions. In this unprecedented work, historian Sudipta Sen tells the fascinating story of the world’s third-largest river from prehistoric times to the present.

Sen begins his chronicle with the river’s first settlers, its myths of origin in Hinduism and its significance in popular Buddhism. He traces the communities that arose on its banks, the merchants that navigated its waters and the many empires that shaped the river’s identity. Seamlessly weaving together geography, ecology and religious history, this lavishly illustrated volume paints a remarkable portrait of India’s most sacred and beloved river.

Commenting on the book, Pranay Lal, author of Indica: A Deep Natural History of the Indian Subcontinent, told Arrackistan, “Narrating the history of the greatest river of the world is a huge undertaking, but Sudipta Sen does this with verve and charm.”

Sunil Amrith, author of Crossing the Bay of Bengal, told Arrackistan: “This stunningly original, beautifully crafted book is the best history of the Ganga that currently exists…This is deep, patient scholarship of a kind one rarely sees.”


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