Book review: Ganga Jamuna by Sunita Lad Bhamray


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  • Publisher: Kitaab International Pte Ltd (2016)
  • Paperback:  150 pages
  • Genre:  Memoir

ABOUT THE BOOK:  A zealous single mother must travel from her home in Nepal to Singapore in order to access healthcare that  may save her conjoined twins, in this empowering novel of love and survival based on a true story.

Abani has so far lived a life of quiet resolve. Admired by strangers for her striking beauty and soft-spoken demeanour, she has pressed on without complaint through the challenges life has thrown at her growing up in a poor family. After she learns she is pregnant with conjoined twins, though, she faces an even greater challenge, with the only hope she has of saving her children being a brand new surgery performed in a hospital in Singapore. With only the few supplies she can carry and the advice and assistance of her friends, she begins the trek across the continent on a quest to protect her unborn children.

Bhamray was inspired by the true story of Sandhya Shreshtha, a woman forced to make the same journey to Singapore from Nepal after giving birth to conjoined twins for the intervening medical care that was necessary to have a chance at saving their lives. After the experimental surgery, the woman and her children were able to return home with a new lease on life and the chance at happiness. Upon finishing the novel, Bhamray still wasn’t satisfied and so helped start a crowdfunding campaign to raise awareness for the family and funds for much-need reconstructive surgeries.

Ganga Jamuna by Sunita Lad Bhamray is an inspiring tale of perseverance in the face of life’s obstacles and a reminder of how powerful a force friendship can be during the most trying times in each of our lives. At times both heart-breaking and uplifting, it is a novel that will empower and motivate readers to never give in to the unfortunate circumstances they find themselves in and always power through.

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Sunita Lad Bhamray is an author and educator living in Singapore with her husband and two children. After earning her graduate degree and enjoying a long and rewarding career teaching internationally, Lad Bhamray now devotes her time to writing. Ganga Jamuna is her third book; her first, Triumphs on the Turf, released in 2011, was about horse racing in India. It was followed by Grandma Lim’s Persimmons, a storybook for children, in 2013. Ganga Jamuna by Sunita Lad Bhamray (published by Kitaab International 8th April, 2016) is available to buy from online retailers including and can be ordered from all good bookstores.

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