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Book Title: A River Sutra|
The author of the book: Gita Mehta
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Reader ratings: 5.8
Edition: Vintage Books
Date of issue: May 10th 2014
ISBN 13: 9781299035935
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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 notes of the scale: the sa, re, ga, ma, pa, dha, ni that are the do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti of western music." On reading that sentence, I suddenly felt like when somebody seems to be talking to you and you look back and realize that they are talking to the person behind you.
I seem to be running into this thing again and again with Indian English writing. Perhaps this is what has changed with the current crop of writers. That they are telling stories of Indians for Indians.
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Read information about the authorGita 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.
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