A River Sutra

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N.A. Talese, 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 almost checked the 'spirituality' shelf for this book, but it is actually a novel. Like a river, eloquently written book, with several stories entwined together by a retired bureaucrat in India. The ... 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.

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