A River Sutra

Front Cover
Vintage, 2007 - Narmada River Region (India) - 276 pages
2 Reviews
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.

What people are saying - Write a review

A river Sutra

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

A sequence of delicate, tragic stories by the author of Raj (S. & S., 1989) evokes the profound presence of tradition and desire along the banks of the holy river Narmada. A retired bureaucrat ... Read full review

Review: A River Sutra

User Review  - Lit Bug - Goodreads

Indian stories, woven together, but not fantastic. Only one story stood out, that of an old music teacher taking a young, blind exceptional singer under his wing. Absolutely moving, very sad story. Love reading it again and again. Read full review

Other editions - View all

About the author (2007)

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.

Bibliographic information