A River Sutra

A River Sutra

Gita Mehta / Jun 25, 2019

A River Sutra 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 treacher

  • Title: A River Sutra
  • Author: Gita Mehta
  • ISBN: 9780679752479
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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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      • Gita Mehta

        Gita Mehta born in 1943 is an Indian writer and was born in Delhi in a well known Odia family She is the daughter of Biju Patnaik, an Indian independence activist and a Chief Minister in post independence Odisha, then known as Orissa Her younger brother Naveen Patnaik has been the Chief Minister of Odisha since 2000 She completed her education in India and at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.She has produced and or directed 14 television documentaries for UK, European and US networks During the years 1970 1971 she was a television war correspondent for the US television network NBC Her film compilation of the Bangladesh revolution, Dateline Bangladesh, was shown in cinema theatres both in India and abroad Her books have been translated into 21 languages and been on the bestseller lists in Europe, the US and India The subject of both her fiction and non fiction is exclusively focused on India its culture and history, and the Western perception of it Her works reflect the insight gained through her journalistic and political background.Gita Mehta divides her time between New York, London and New Delhi from


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    1. I hate reading Hindi/Sanskrit poetry in translation!Now that it is out of my system, I have mixed feelings about this one. Stories are interesting, some more than others but there is no novel here. There is the common theme of Narmada and love but no central narrative to bind all the stories.Also, the book is targeted at the western audience which becomes painfully clear when 2 Indian talking to each other about Indian music, feel the need to say that, "I was not even permitted to sing the seven [...]


    2. I simply adore this book. It was required reading for my freshman core class and so I first read it the summer before college, then again twice in college, and once after. And I will probably go on reading it forever. My copy is all battered and torn up and highlighted and that is exactly the way I enjoy it. I still am not sure what it is about this book that touches me so, and I end up in tears for no reason every time I finish. This is a novel about India and the sacred Narmada River which flo [...]


    3. A Government official in India is in charge of a Government Rest House--a sort of inn. He is told stories about various individuals: a Jain monk previously from a wealthy family; a music teacher; a courtesan searching for her lost daughter; an insane playboy; a River Minstrel and an anchorite who worships Shiva. All this takes place near the river Narmada, a place of spiritual pilgrimage to Hindus. Gorgeous, lush writing that taught me something of Indian culture.


    4. Of the many stories and themes that flow through A River Sutra, one stands out above all: passion. The individual stories that are told alongside this river are both awe-inspiring and heartbreaking. Altogether, these stories of passion, the story of A River Sutra, function to demonstrate the functions of mythology as set by Joseph Campbell. Here, I will focus on the first and fourth function of mythology. The pain that is seen throughout A River Sutra points to the metaphysical function of mytho [...]


    5. 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.


    6. A lovely setting for some peaceful spiritual tales.My TakeThis was absolutely lovely to read. A very peaceful and calming flow of words, descriptions, life that allows the reader to sink into Indian culture. It is so very different from the type of novels I usually read---big surprise---and it sank into me that what many Americans generally read is quite possibly how A River Sutra is viewed by an Indian reader. And I could very well be wrong in that! There is an insight into life related by the [...]


    7. This book is nominally about an Indian clerk who has retired to the Narmada River, but it reads as a collection of stories more than a single cohesive book. This isn't too much of a flaw, though, since each of the stories is lovely and could stand up on its own. Each story is about someone the clerk meets or is told about, and each of these people has some connection to the holy river. A few of the tales are happy, and several of them end in tragedy, but they all have some sort of moral (without [...]


    8. A nicely written, peek into a somewhat different world. Smooth and easy to digest. I found myself trying to actually see the bungalow, the jungle and more importantly the river, in my mind. The chapter about the poor, little singing child really threw me at the end.All in all, makes me want to read more Indian literature.




    9. Take me away to India for a few days. with Gita Mehta's novel A River Sutra, recommended to me some years ago by dear friend David "sutra", according to the glossary, is literally a tread or string, but also a term for literary forms. My favorite waiter Ishwouri told me it meant "form or pattern" anyway, the river of the title is the Narmada, a very powerful river in India which indeed forms the backbone of the entire book. The narrator (who is never named) "retired from the world" after his wif [...]


    10. Helmet-lukuhaaste33: Kirja kertoo IntiastaPyhä Narmada-joki, joen sutrat – tarinat, jotka kietoutuvat joen ympärille. Nämä tarinat saa kuullakseen romaanin päähenkilö, virkamies, joka on päättänyt jättää taakseen elämän hektisyyden ja vetäytyä syrjäseudulle. Hän pitää matkakotia Narmada-joen varrella seuranaan palvelijansa ja vartijansa. Joki kuljettaa hänen luokseen pyhiinvaeltajia ja matkalaisia, joilla jokaisella on tarina kerrottavanaan. Gita Mehtan romaani on erittä [...]


    11. The author is surely a genius to have beautifully interwoven the tales of passion, despair, forgoing, struggle and of course love, every tale veraciously linked with the sacred river narmada. there is something very touching about this novel, that I'm unable to put my finger on. The lilting harmony the narration brings at the end of each episode, will leave you pondering for long, the dubious courses of the river (life)


    12. I picked this up to try and get a better feel for India before our trip - the culture, mythology, land, people, etc. I think it did that, and it was certainly interesting. The stories don't necessarily seem to relate to each other except through the narrator's experience of having heard them, which was ok I guess, but could have been smoother. The "moral" of some of the stories was sometimes confusing, but I guess that's the point - I was trying to get into the frame of mind of another culture.


    13. The river Narmada in Central India forms the constant backdrop and the stories are woven around the myth and geography surrounding it. Some of those bear link to each other but nothing too tenuous. Easy read and free flowing.




    14. [image error]I freely admit that I more or less bought "A River Sutra" because it was the recommended book with the prettiest cover (Note: The Vintage paperback, not the other editions!).The back blurb tells us that this book "tells the story of a retired bureaucrat who has escaped the world to spend his twilight years running a guest-house on the banks of the country's holiest river, the Narmada".To be honest, there is not much guest-house running involved. There are people arriving and leaving [...]


    15. Gita Mehta has proven with this piece that being the wife of the publishing house is not the reason why she deserves respect. Mehta's writing is fantastic and should be read by anyone who would like to explore South Asian literature. I feel that this is another top-shelf book foreigners outside of India can use to peer into that land and experience a taste of their rich culture. A River Sutra, especially, is an accessible read for those interested learning about Indian society as it has been rev [...]


    16. This is a very clever, fascinating book which uses the device of a frame story, allowing the author to relate several different short tales through the expedient of their discovery by the protagonist. In this case, a government bureaucrat takes a position as manager of a vacation bungalow nestled on the banks of the river Narmada in rural India. He has been many years in the big city, is childless and a widower; he thinks it high time he went into semi-retirement to contemplate the world.As part [...]


    17. The blurb: ‘Written with hypnotic lyricism, this is seductive prose of a high order.’ After the first couple of chapters, I thought not. Then I noticed a different rhythm in my writing. Mehta’s style seemed to seep in beneath my consciousness and it was delightful to find it there on the page in front of me. (Don’t look for it here – it has been some weeks since I finished the book!)It is a book you could say is simply written. The vocabulary does not soar into polysyllabic confusion; [...]


    18. This was an interesting book if only for the fact that I am always curious about other cultures. This book is set on the Narmada river in India and is told by a man who is trying to pull himself away from the world. He is met by some very interesting people with even more interesting stories that help explain religions, culture and mythology that I was previously unfamiliar with. A lot of it was entertaining and some of it fascinating in the fact that some of the stories represented such a forei [...]


    19. I loved this story of a civil servant, a widower, who has come to manage the government owned guest house on the banks of the Narmada river. He has entered the vanaprashti phase of his life, a concept I am particularly taken with. In the Hindu tradition we all go through phases in our lives-infancy, student, householder, and finally vanaprashti where we turn our energies and thoughts to Enlightenment. As a vanaprashti this manager has decided that a guest house near the sacred river is the perfe [...]


    20. This book tries too hard. On the face of it, it is a collection of stories that an Indian bureaucrat comes across during his self-imposed exile on the banks of the River Narmada. However, none of the accounts really add to the plot and in the end I was left wondering why they were included. The imagery was very trite for instance this sentence was just too convoluted: "Overhead the small clouds rose like foam above the distant Himalayas before breaking in a white wave as the wind swept them towa [...]


    21. This is a collection of loosely connected stories (some more touching than others) about the power of love in all its forms. The writing is so beautiful and evocative that one can practically see, feel and smell the places Gita Mehta evokes for us and I would have liked to give the book four stars.What bothered me a bit was something that another reviewer also mentioned, namely that the book is targeted at a Western audience. Why else would the manager of the government guesthouse be so ignorant [...]


    22. Do I give this a three or a four? There were times when I liked it and other times when I really liked it. Since these ratings are rather arbitrary, I'll give it a four even though I can think of many points throughout the narratives when it would warrant a solid three and at times, an appropriate two.This is a collection of stories that all hinge upon one another. I found it very thought provoking but I wouldn't recommend this book if your looking for something streamlined and slick in a litera [...]


    23. A government bureaucrat retired from the world to run a rest house on the banks of the Narmanda River, the holiest river in India, meets travelers, ascetics, mendicants and the troubled. The background is holy sites, glimpses into cultures and peoples and life lessons that usually take a lifetime to understand. It is an exotic glimpse into the holy river and it's mythology and an interesting take on the human condition. While it was not a long book, it was a book that took a lot of thought and a [...]


    24. First let me say that I reserve the right to change my rating (upward) on this book. I just finished it and I am having a hard time deciding how I feel about it on many levels. To this extent alone, it must be a pretty good book as I am done with it but still thinking about it. It is well written and interesting (if you are interested in East Indian culture, religion, and psychology - which I am). It is a swift read and seems like more of a series of semi-related vignettes than anything else. Th [...]


    25. What a delightful read! This book helped transform a tedious journey from London (England) to Saskatoon into hours of pleasure.This is a collection of short stories, with a common thread running through them. An aging bureaucrat decides to retire from a hectic life in the city to one of peace and contemplation, running a guest-house on the banks of the River Narmada, one of India's holiest rivers. There he meets a variety of fascinating people and narrates their stories. Each story is very diffe [...]


    26. I found this book in the free box (in front of my local excellent used book store William James Books), and so thought I might as well give it a try I doubt that I would have bought it, even used. I liked it a lot more than expected. It is a circular tale of tales narrated by rather worldly retired Hindu bureacrat in conversation with a ood friend who is a Moslem cleric, & and several other people he encounters while managing a rural guesthouse along the Narmada River in central India.We get [...]


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