River Sutra

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Vintage, 2007 - Narmada River Region (India) - 276 pages
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Set on the banks of India's holiest river amid the constant traffic of pilgrims, archaeologists, policemen, priests, and traders, A River Sutra weaves the richness of India into the dangerous lives of its characters. A bureaucrat retires to the sacred river in search of tranquility only to encounter a girl fleeing her kidnappers, a naked ascetic and the child he has saved from prostitution, a teacher who confesses to murder, a millionaire monk, and a musician silenced by desire. Instead of finding serenity, the bureaucrat is forced to confront the powers of mythology, religion, music, and philosophy, and to acknowledge that the holy river has a sanctity more threatening than he can imagine. In this exquisitely written novel, Gita Mehta uses the traditional forms of Indian story-telling to explore the savagery of human love and to illuminate the paradoxes of India.

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An awe-inspiring depiction of India! This book was required for my college class but should be read by anyone interested in Indian culture. Read full review

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An awe-inspiring depiction of India! This book was required for my college class but should be read by anyone interested in Indian culture. Read full review

About the author (2007)

Gita Mehta is the author of three works of non-ficiton, Karma Cola, Raj: A Novel, Snakes and Ladders and Eternal Ganesha, and two works of fiction, Raj and A River Sutra. She lives in New York, London and India.

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