Thursday, February 28, 2013

Book Review: A River Sutra by Gita Mehta

On the jacket: 


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.


Review:

 Some books just make you feel good. Your heart has a smile when you are snuggled in bed, reading such books. Not because they are essentially happy stories, but because they are good stories. And captivating.

A River Sutra is a set of short stories, experience of a clerk who post-retirement, had taken up the post of a caretaker of a guest house near the Narmada. The guest house spoken about in the book is said to be located near Amarkantak, just a few hours drive from where I currently stay. Years ago, as a child, I had visited the banks of Narmada at Amarkantak (the river's source begins from here), so I could actually visualise the locals (to my best).

The stories are in one word - enchanting. Every story that is narrated it different, yet what is common is that they are all experiences. You will travel with the words and feel a part of the plots.

Rating: ****/5

[This review is for Random House India. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

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