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A shrill wail ran along the line, growing to a yell, half fear and half wonder: the face of the river whitened from bank to bank between the stone facings, and the far-away spurs went out in spouts of foam. Mother Gunga had come bank-high in haste, and a wall of chocolate-coloured water was her messenger.


This is from “The Bridge-builders” in The Day’s Work.

The great new Kashi Bridge over the Ganges is nearing completion, but the whole work is threatened by a massive flood as the river strains to break free of the confines which the bridge-builders have laboured to set in place. It is a battle between modern technology and the age-old powers of the land. It is a near thing, but this time the technology holds firm.