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Chandavarkar, Rajnarayan. “India for the English.” London Review of Books 12, no. 5 (8 March 1990): 10-11.
Chandavarkar offers a mixed assessment of Raj, asserting that the novel occasionally becomes “ponderous and plodding.”
Prose, Francine. “The Sacred and the Profane.” Washington Post Book World (30 May 1993): 6.
Prose praises Mehta's evocation of the Indian landscape in A River Sutra but argues that the novel often lapses into “portentous philosophizing.”
Tharoor, Shashi. “A Passage to Exotic India.” Far Eastern Economic Review 145, no. 36 (7 September 1989): 82-3.
Tharoor expresses disappointment with Raj, concluding that the work lacks depth, character, and imagination.
Winchester, Simon. “Homespun in India.” Far Eastern Economic Review 156, no. 46 (18 November 1993): 42.
Winchester stresses the similarities between Mehta's A River Sutra and R. K. Narayan's The Grandmother's Tale.
Additional coverage of Mehta's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Literature of Developing Nations for Students, Vol. 2; and Literature Resource Center.