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Human Elements in Gita Mehta's A River Sutra Essay

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The heritage of Indian culture and heritage is so good that it compels us to consider everything in nature as holy and powerful. Man is at nature's mercy, when he moves against its own will, the barbarous punishment he recipients might range from damaging him of his legitimate livelihood to death! Hindus consider that, the whole production, including the life of the humans is made up of five components; (1)'Prithvi' (the earth),'Aapaha'(water),'Tejaha'(Fire or effulgence),and 'Vaayahu'(air),'Aakaasha'(the aetherial skies, the infinite distance above). Following death, the human body dissolves to these five elements of nature and thereby balances the character's cycle of 'Srishti' (growth) accompanied by 'pralayam' (extinction or annihilation). (2)In Hinduism, a very prominent belief is that, water cleanses all of the ailments of human body and it is the sign of fertility whereby human existence becomes impossible. Most of the holy places are around the banks of those rivers, sea shores and mountain ranges. They have special significance and they are deemed sacred. It's the objective of the Hindus to wash in the oceans once in their life time, to be cleansed in their wrong doings. (3)Both the Hindus have a close and sentimental pious attachment to all the rivers in India. The Narmada is among the most sacred rivers of the seven sacred rivers, originates from the Maikali ranges in Amarkantak in MP and flows between the mountain ranges of Vindhya and Sathpura. Gita Mehta, a post colonial writer, meticulously linking the tales and connects the lives of their characters to the holy river the Narmada in her novel, 'A River Sutra'. 'Sutra' signifies thread which joins, 'River Sutra' means river that joins. Throughout the book, one cou...

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