What Happens When Those Things that are Supposed to Comfort You—Don’t?
When Shakuntala Rajagopal lost her husband of forty-seven years in 2010, she was devastated. A devout Hindu, she followed what she had learned since birth. Her family celebrated their beloved father, uncle, and mentor through the many rituals sending him off to his new life. Shakuntala even travelled to India to lovingly give her husband’s ashes to the oceans off the southern coast of India.
As her husband’s last ashes floated away, Shaku felt her will to go on float away with him. At the age of seventy, she decided that she needed to revisit her own devout spirituality and take one of the more grueling but one of the most spiritual of all pilgrimages in India—the Char Dham—where she could bathe in the sacred waters of the River Ganges, Maa Ganga. She knew it would be her chance for a rebirth, a new beginning. But she almost doesn’t make it.
Song of the Mountains: My Pilgrimage to Maa Ganga is a story of survival, changing and challenging any reader in the way he or she approaches major changes in life. Rajagopal’s story is one that will empower the reader to take action and go forward in their own life, whatever the circumstance they are facing.
|Publisher:||Hugo House Publishers, Ltd.|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||7 MB|
About the Author
She settled in the Chicago land area with her husband Raj, and enjoyed successful careers in medicine. She is the author of Radha, a novel, and enjoys painting and teaching her grandchildren the glories of life.
For more information, visit her website at www.shakuraj.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is an amazing journey of a strong courageous woman who had to find hope and continue her life's legacy without her loving husband physically by her side. I love that the book starts off by telling you their love story. The amount of love they shared for each other came naturally in the pages and you can tell it was from the heart and soul. Every word of the author was so vivid; it was like a paintbrush stroke in my imagination. While the author is explaining her daily tasks and her experience through her voyage in the Himalayan Mountains she often has flashbacks of her childhood memories, her married life with her husband and kids. The knowledge that pours out of the authors lips when she describes Indian foods and Hinduism shows grace and wisdom. This book does remind me of the book/movie "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed. It's similar that both women authors go on this voyage and have flashbacks of people in their lives. This journey helps them with difficult chapters in their lives, so if you enjoyed that book/movie you will love "Song of the Mountains: My pilgrimage to Maa Ganga" by Shakuntala Rajagopal. Leaves you wanting more and gives the reader the strength to live your life to the fullest.