The Ledge Between the Streams (Magill's Literary Annual 1985)
The Ledge Between the Streams is the fourth volume in Ved Mehta’s large, continuing family history and autobiography, the saga of a middle-class Indian family and its blind son who comes to the United States. Previous volumes include Daddyji (1972), Mamaji (1979), and Vedi (1982). The first two of these briefly explore the nineteenth century roots of the Mehta and Mehra families, then relate the biographies of Mehta’s father (Amolak Ram Mehta) and mother (Shanti Devi Mehra Mehta) up to the time of Mehta’s blindness (from cerebrospinal meningitis around his fourth birthday) and departure to the Dadar School for the Blind in Bombay. Vedi treats Mehta’s intermittent stay, from the age of five to the age of nine, at Dadar, a Dickensesque school for blind orphans and street urchins located in the Bombay slums. The Ledge Between the Streams covers the period from about the age of nine, when Mehta returns home permanently from Dadar School, until the age of fifteen, when he leaves India to attend the Arkansas School for the Blind, the only school in Great Britain or the United States that will have him.
Like Vedi, The Ledge Between the Streams enlarges on material already covered in a youthful autobiography, Face to Face (1957), the first of Mehta’s many books. Repetition or overlapping here of the early work is, however, of little consequence, except as an important measure of...
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