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Water close over us-A journey along the Narmada

by Hartosh Singh Bal
Publisher: HarperCollins India (2013)    |     ISBN 10: 9350297051    |     ISBN 13: 9789350297056
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A journey to the centre of the Indian identity The Narmada is the only river in India to merit a parikrama. The traditional journey takes more than three years and ends where it begins, having covered more than 2,600 kilometres. Bal follows the parikrama to study the stories of the clash of cultures along the river. It is here that the agriculturist encountered the forest dweller, the Indo-European north faced the Dravidian south, the Afghan battled the Gond and the dam builders confronted the environmentalists. Perhaps, then, it is no coincidence that the Adi Sankara attained the realization of Advaita – non-duality – on these banks. As the author seeks to understand whether such reconciliation is possible in every case, 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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Hartosh Singh Bal trained as an engineer at BITS Pilani and a mathematician at New York University before turning to journalism. He is co-author of A Certain Ambiguity: A ......
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