The River Ganges has a thousand names. Hindu priests regard it as a sin to call her a river at all. She is a goddess, the source of the world, her waters holy and healing and still sold to Hindus all over the world. Ilija Trojanow travelled along the Ganges, from the source, where it breaks free from the eternal ice in the Himalayas, to the great cities, by boat, by bus, on overcrowded trains. He visited the great Hindu festivals and talked to those who warn of ecological disasters. His colourful report describes a country between ancient traditions and astonishing modernity and the holy river that crosses it for hundreds of miles.
Ilija Trojanow was born in Bulgaria in 1965. After fleeing his homeland via Yugoslavia and Italy, he was granted political asylum in Germany. He spent ten years in Kenya and five years in Mumbai, before moving to Capetown in 2003.
‘A lyrical homage to India’s holiest, moodiest, foulest river. . . Trojanow is the perfect mix of insider and outsider. A Hindi speaker,he can also stand back and see what makes India tick. . . . It is a treasure of a book, a must-have for anyone spending time on the Ganges and wanting to get to know her better.’ - Susan Elderkin, Financial Times