Seven Sistered

Once upon a time
There were three sisters
They were three rivers
They were
Ila
Bharati
and me.

Saraswati pressed this rhyme into my brain as I struggled with how to begin. Have you ever heard of the Ganges? Well, once upon a time (mukashi, mukashi…She reminds me) it wasn’t Lady Ganga but Saraswati who was the most sacred river in all of India. She was called “seven-sistered” and said to be foremost of the seven holy rivers of the Vedas. Yet if you seek her waters today, you will be disappointed; they vanished centuries ago.

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