A River Sutra

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 23, 2011 - Fiction - 304 pages
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With imaginative lushness and narrative elan, Mehta provides a novel that combines Indian storytelling with thoroughly modern perceptions into the nature of love--love both carnal and sublime, treacherous and redeeming. "Conveys a world that is spiritual, foreign, and entirely accessible."--Vanity Fair. Reading tour.


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A river Sutra

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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

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My favorite book I've read for a college course, A River Sutra uses short stories to teach about Narmada's place in Hinduism. Stories of music, wealth, and passion explore the meaning of desire, and the internal struggle to choose between embracing desire and rejecting it. As a work of fiction, A River Sutra is nothing special. A River Sutra should be read as a tool for understanding Hindu theology, with a primary focus on the reasons for and the effects of desire. 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
14
Section 3
42
Section 4
53
Section 5
90
Section 6
99
Section 7
109
Section 8
138
Section 11
172
Section 12
191
Section 13
201
Section 14
227
Section 15
237
Section 16
257
Section 17
283
Section 18
293

Section 9
149
Section 10
162

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About the author (2011)

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.

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