Like her physical presence, the Ganga's meaning for a civilization of hundreds of millions of people is an immensity that can be appreciated only in the gesture and the moment that is small, humble and consecrated by attention to her living symbolism. Indira Somani's Life on the Ganges immerses the viewer in one such story that partakes of the life-giving reality of this river to its children. In the life and words of Gauri Shankar, a boatman who awaits the festival days and the arrival of devotees who will give him business, we become witness to the inextricable harmony of the material and the spiritual, the aesthetic and philosophical, the everyday and the cosmic, that is Hindu life. In a time when the Gangetic civilization has become an object of exploitation by sensationalistic media giants hungry to exoticize and demonize the other with crude and false slogans like "City of Death," Somani's effort reminds us that no gesture or action is too small or unimportant in a culture steeped in reverence and gratitude. Students will find much to learn and appreciate in this short film. In showing us Ganga as Mother to its people, it also conveys to us a sense of Ganga as Guru to us all.