The Ledge Between The Streams

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The Ledge Between The Streams
In the summer of 1943, an Indian public-health official (Daddyji) and his wife (Mamaji) were traveling with their six children to the Vale of Kashmir for a holiday. During a break in the journey, their blind nine-year-old son, Ved -the author of this exquisitely composed memoir -heard water flowing and asked about it. He was told there were two streams, one clear, the other muddy. He said he wanted to see them for himself, and the family climbed down into a gorge where a narrow ledge separated the icy torrents of the Jhelum, a powerful river fed by the snows of the Himalayas, from a tepid, sluggish local stream. Ved squatted down on the ledge and put a hand in each stream. A cloudburst suddenly caused the Jhelum River to rise, and the Mehtas barely scrambled out of the gorge with their lives. The echoes of the author's experience in that gorge forty years before -one small incident in this book -haunt the story much as the mysterious Malabar Caves haunt E.M. Forster's A Passage to India, and, like Forster, Mehta presents us with a highly original, intimate, and revealing portrait of 20th-century India.
About the Author
Ved Mehta was born in 1934 and has lived in the United States and Britain since 1949; he became an American citizen in 1975. When he was nearly four, an attack of meningitis left him permanently blind, and he was educated at the Arkanas School for the Blind, and then at Pomona College, Balliol College, Oxford, and Harvard University. He has written twenty-six books, along with hundreds of articles and short stories, and was a staff writer at The New Yorker between 1961 and 1994.
Specifications
TitleThe Ledge Between The Streams
Author NameVED MEHTA
ISBN9788174368423
LanguageEnglish
Total No. of Pages560
BindingPB
Weight0.4 KGS
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