Winner EVVY Bronze award
SONG OF THE MOUNTAINS – My Pilgrimage to Maa Ganga
A memoir by Shakuntala Rajagopal, M.D.
Shakuntala Rajagopal was born in Kerala, South India, and came to the United States in her early twenties. She settled in the Chicagoland area with her husband Raj and they both followed successful careers in Medicine, starting in1970.
Book Review: by M.P. Ravindra Nathan MD, FACC
In November 2010, the devastating loss of her husband of forty-seven years brought Shakuntala to a crossroads in her life.
“Unable to contain the grief over the loss of her husband of forty-seven years, Raj – her soul-mate and best friend, the author ‘Shaku’ (to her friends) decided to go on a pilgrimage to the holy river Ganga. As she points out: ‘New beginnings need empowerment from within. I decided to seek help from above to attain this. I felt a pilgrimage to The Holy River Ganges – Ma Ganga – would be a chance for a rebirth, and a new beginning.’
In her book, Song of the Mountains, Shaku takes us on an unforgettable journey, albeit a perilous one, to the ‘Char Dham’ (four sacred sites revered by Hindus) nestled in the majestic Himalayan Ranges. As we travel along with her, we get to see the many splendors of nature like glowing glaciers and alpine meadows, listen to the song of the mountains, and worship at the holiest of Hindu shrines. “I have never felt so close to heaven in my life,” says the author. Entwined within this beautiful travelogue is Shaku’s own love story, an enduring testament to the only man in her life – her husband Raj, which is at once moving and inspirational.
In Shaku’s own words, ‘As my life and psyche evolved into survival mode, the reader sharing my journey will also be changed in the way he or she approaches major changes in life. My story empowers the reader to take action and go forward in their own life, whatever the circumstances they are facing.’ Written in beautiful prose that often reads like poetry, this is a love story and a spiritual tome, a must read for everybody.
M.P. Ravindra Nathan, MD, FACC, Editor in Chief, AAPI Journal
Song of the Mountains Reading and Book Signings Join Shaku at the following public appearances:
September 5, 2015, 3:00 PM
AKMG Literary Session, Association of Kerala Medical Graduates,
Marriott Philadelphia Downtown, 1201 Market St., Philadelphia, PA
September 26, 2015, 7:00 PM,
Chicago Writers Conference 2015
University Center, 525 South State St., Chicago, IL 60605
October 10, 2015, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Reading and book signing.
Mandile’s Italian Restorante
2160 Lake Cook Rd. Algonquin, IL 60102 Phone: 847-458-4000
To contact Shaku go to website and blog at http://shakuraj.com