Daughter of the Ganges: The Story of One Girl's Adoption and Her Return Journey to India

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Growing up in an Indian orphanage, Asha Miró; dreamed that someday she would be adopted. At the age of six, her wish finally came true, but only at the misfortune of another. A Catalan family was in the process of adopting twins when one of the children suddenly fell ill and died -- a twist of fate that led the family to adopt Asha instead. Leaving a life of poverty behind, Asha was given a second chance.

Twenty-one years later, Asha takes a heart-wrenching trip back to India to uncover her native roots. Full of unexpected encounters, this adventure informs and touches Asha beyond her expectations. She visits her old orphanage, speaks with her former caretakers, explores the land that she might not have ever left, and comes to form a more solid identity. Yet one trip is not enough. Eight years later she returns, this time visiting the small rural village where she was born. While uncovering the details behind her adoption, Asha discovers the only living member of her immediate Indian family: a sister she never knew she had.

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Asha Miró has been living in Barcelona since 1974. Formerly a music teacher, she now collaborates on several cultural television programs and actively supports adoption organizations throughout Spain. Already a bestseller in Europe, Daughter of the Ganges has also inspired a documentary and a major European cartoon series with seven-year-old Asha as its protagonist.

Please visit the author's website at www.asha-miro.com.

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Adult/High School–Born in India, the author was adopted in 1974 at age six by a Catalan couple. She grew up to become a professional musician like them, but longed to know more about India and her past. Part One describes her return there 20 years later, to a work camp assisting the Bombay poor. Miró experienced a new culture and struggled to reconcile her Indian and European selves while she searched for facts about her first six years. Forming a counterpoint to this often-troubled quest are excerpts from a diary, lovingly written by her adoptive mother, about the girl's life in Spain. At the orphanage, Miró found a nun who remembered her, but of her birth parents she would only say that she was a Daughter of the Ganges. Though a spiritually gratifying concept (the sacred waters gave birth to India), the author pressed on in Western fashion, locating official records of her birth but finally reaching a dead end. After this first essay had become famous, she returned with a documentary film crew to retrace her steps. Part Two describes her second trip and how she delved deeper and located her extended birth family. This complex, nuanced, and thought-provoking personal journey is related in deceptively simple prose. Some readers might wish for a map, but the black-and-white photos are well chosen and revealing. A unique memoir with wide appeal.–Christine C. Menefee, formerly at Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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