Readers new to gita mehta will be delighted it is only when judged by the standard she set in her earlier work that “snakes and ladders” seems a little insubstantial and disappointing. In this novel, gita mehta treats the traditional hindu myths through the meta-narrative mode and uses the river narmada as the gamut or “sutra” and the nameless narrator as the “sutra dhār” to create an ideological consensus between hinduism, islam n jainism. Gita mehta, in her fiction and non-fiction, has dealt with the paradox of the old and the new as a significant component of indian culture scholars tend to believe that the twin factors of tradition and modernity are not antithetical to each other. Gita mehta‘s “ a river sutra ” has been one such book i have read in the recent past which deals with this theme and does it quite well too the narrator – a retired senior bureaucrat retires to a guest house on the banks of river narmada with the intention of withdrawing from world for a life of contemplation. Gita mehta's a river sutraan exploration - t sasikanth reddy abstract gita mehta's a river sutra offers authentic interpretations of indian cultural values, music, art forms and heritage.
In the novel, siddhartha, a young man, leaves his family for a contemplative life, then, restless, discards it for one of the flesh he conceives a son, but bored and sickened by lust and greed, moves on again. Ironically the title of the novel “a river sutra” highlights the politics of language in treating the river as a lower caste in the social order in hindu faith. With ts eliot and heidegger’s views on river mithun dutta research scholar banaras hindu university varanasi: ecofeminist reading of “the courtesan’s story” in gita mehta’s a river sutra of the concepts and their effect on society suchismita sarkar. Ijellh (international journal of english language, literature in humanities) is a ugc approved journal which is appearing in ugc approved journal list (serial no43979) it is peer-reviewed (refereed) open access journal ijellh is indexed with ici (index copernicus international) poland, google scholar, crossref, j-gate and cite factor.
Sarasvati- a hindu river goddess associated with learning, poetry, music, inspiration, and culture hinduism history hindu culture indian gods indian art bhagavad gita the five spiritual enlightenment spirituality shiva durga, saraswathi, lakshmi. From the paper: certain elements in the novel a river sutra by gita mehta constitute motifs or themes which run through the novel as threads holding together the different stories told and adding meaning to the whole. Book summary- a river sutra by gita mehta a river sutra by gita mehta viking – penguin books india, 1993 282 pp, rs 299/-. A river sutra, especially, is an accessible read for those interested learning about indian society as it has been rev mehta's writing is fantastic and should be read by anyone who would like to explore south asian literature. The novel revolves around a lecturer, deven who teaches hindi literature to college students and has an interest in urdu poetry deven’s friend, murad, who owns a publishing house, offers deven to interview a great urdu poet, nur.
A river sutra is a work of fiction by gita mehta that was published in 1993 by random house of toronto, canada it received the maximum attention of all of mehta’s work, along with other classics such as karma cola in addition to snakes and ladders. Karma cola conveys human folly better than a dry psychology book, because gita mehta is not just a great writer, but she can turn the most tragic farce into a divine comedy karma cola is a real taste of india and silly people. Mehta’s next important novel is a river sutra published in 1993 perhaps this is her most popular and bestselling novel perhaps this is her most popular and bestselling novel the river, narmada, is in the centre of the narrative of the novel. Gita mehta’s karma cola is a powerful critique on modern life exposing the superficiality and the shallowness of spiritual, political and secular modes of life there are many central issues in the novel are the gurus and their spiritual bedlams, a. Gyno-ecological harmony in gita mehta’s ‘a river sutra’ cauvery research journal, volume 1, issue 2, her third novel ‘a river sutra’ (1993) gita mehta has emerged as an indian english woman novelist she makes an system that incorporates the spiritual and physical realities of our being.
Guru nanak ([ˈɡʊɾu ˈnɑnək], pronunciation, iast: gurū nānak) (29 november 1469 – 10 october 1539) was the founder of sikhism and the first of the ten sikh gurus his birth is celebrated worldwide as guru nanak gurpurab on kartik pooranmashi, the full-moon day in the month of katak , october–november. (1993), a river sutra (1993), snakes and ladders (1997) and eternal ganesha (2006) are her major contributions gita mehta is one of the greatest exponents of indian culture. A spiritual teacher or guru is someone who knows the ways of the spiritual path and can lead us to wholeness just as we would seek the most qualified medical doctor for our physical health so it is best to find the most evolved being to guide us on our spiritual path.
Gita mehta’s temperament and circumstances have combined to give her shelter, privacy and solitude required for the writing of such novels, thereby avoiding problems a more objective writer has to deal with. A river sutra is a collection of stories that have as a connecting link the theme of love framed around the narmada river the narmada river is reputed to be one of india's holiest rivers, even a sight of which is said to wipe away sinful births. Man’s eternal quest for significance in gita mehta’s a river sutra and raj 223 the fourth story “the courtesan’s story” is a tale of the love of the flesh recounted by the courtesan’s mother and herself.
If spiritual enlightenment is of interest to you or a goal while in india, this work is a must read snakes and ladders - by gita mehta an unflinching assessment of modern-day india in an account that is entertaining, informative, and wholly personal. Gita and sonny mehta's apartment is an oasis of tranquility in midtown manhattan outside on a chilly march day, park avenue traffic is at its mid-afternoon worst, and the chatter of kids exiting from a school next door nearly drowns out the honking horns and screeching brakes. Gita mehta's a river sutra came highly recommendedby a friend and i'm grateful for it 'cos i found it a delightful andenjoyable read the river narmada is the perfect metaphor for mehta's representation of the rich complexities of spiritual and mythical life throughout the ages.