Thursday, September 30, 2010

Book Review - "Ganga"


Earlier this month, we were giving out review copies of few of our books. We were excited to hear what all of you thought of our books (the good things and the bad things!) and hope that this feedback from people (educators, parents, book lovers, children) will help us create better books and help you choose books for your own

This 'from the heart, honest review' comes from Pravir Bagrodia.



This book is like a breath of fresh air - with breath-taking photographs and crisp captions The verse flows elegantly, capturing the river's various moods.

The journey of India's most famous river - the lifeline of millions - from Gomukh to Gangasagar, has been captured in photographs, complemented by elegant prose and poetry. The information about different rivers that merge with the Ganga, from Alaknanda in Devprayag to Yamuna in Allahabad, has been portrayed well.

The map in the end has been done well. The end-notes (detailed captions) are comprehensive. However, the aspect of pollution could have been given a bit more coverage, as it gets only a passing mention on Page 11. Somewhere, Kashi's modern name Varanasi could have been mentioned. On Page 14, the location of the rock - between Kashi and Sonepur - is missing; so is any mention of Hooghly in Kolkata.

Would it have been more correct to mention that Ganga merges with Bay of Bengal, instead of Indian Ocean.

A minor suggestion on punctuation: On Page 15, a semi-colon (world;) may be more appropriate instead of colon (world:).

An impressive design element is the zig-zag alignment of the couplet on every page. A minor pre-press error can be noticed on Page 8: there is an em-dash without space (-finally-) while Page 10 and Page 14 follow a different style (with space). The choice of typefact (font) for captions could have been better.

The impeccable quality of printing deserves admiration. At Rs 25 apiece, it is a steal, a must-have for book-shelves. This is one publication to hold for a lifetime.


Click here to buy this book.

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