Books: Saraswati's Blessings

AHMED AND THE OLD LADY

by JON GODDEN 203 pages. Knopf. $7.95.

THE PEACOCK SPRING

by RUMER GODDEN 274 pages. Viking. $8.95.

In the pantheon of Hindu gods, Saraswati is the goddess of pen, ink and books. She must have given the young Godden sisters a double blessing. Half a century later, the ex-colonials are still writing with fecundity and style—often about their childhood in India. Jon, 70, has just produced her tenth novel; Rumer, 69, her 15th. Rumer has also written poetry, stories and children's books. In addition, the Goddens have collaborated on two...

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