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Waters Close Over Us A Journey along the Narmada

1 December 2013

Hartosh Singh Bal
HarperCollins India
272 pages, Rs 499

It is at the Narmada that the agriculturist first encountered the forest dweller, the Indo-European north faced the Dravidian south, the Afghan battled the Gond and the dam builders confronted the environmentalists. As the author seeks to understand these dualities, the stories he encounters take on a life of their own—from Osho’s relatives who still safeguard his memory in sari shops to the king of a small island who spends moonlit nights firing bullets into the river.

Hartosh Singh Bal
HarperCollins India
272 pages, Rs 499

It is at the Narmada that the agriculturist first encountered the forest dweller, the Indo-European north faced the Dravidian south, the Afghan battled the Gond and the dam builders confronted the environmentalists. As the author seeks to understand these dualities, the stories he encounters take on a life of their own—from Osho’s relatives who still safeguard his memory in sari shops to the king of a small island who spends moonlit nights firing bullets into the river.

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READER'S COMMENTS [1]

This book takes one across the author's own parikrama around the grand old river of Narmada across an ancient land with history stretching back thousands of years. Hartosh, a very respected journalist in India, weaves stories of people, culture, religion, nature, politics, philosophy and development along this magnificient river and it is this weaving which is just so enchanting that I have loved racing through the book. Its an eye opener of a book and a must read for anyone interested in the culture of India, of how India is evolving (not a pleasant sight), the environment and the history. A big thumbs up.

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