A river Sutra

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N.A. Talese, Jun 1, 1993 - Fiction - 291 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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5/10. Gita Mehta has woven many idfferent stories into one. Not great literature stuff. The holy river is ht e womb of so many sufferings, pain and lives.

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I loved this book. The stories seem to weave through the text flowing together like the river herself. The story guides you out of everyday life but, at the end, also returns you to it. It feels ... Read full review


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Gita Mehta is the author of the bestselling books "Karma Cola, Raj, A River Sutra", and Snakes and Ladders. She divides her time between New York, London, and India.