Gita Mehta is the author of three works of nonfiction, Karma Cola: Marketing the Mystic East, Snake and Ladders: Glimpses of Modern India, and Eternal Ganesha; and two novels, A River Sutra and Raj. Her books have been translated into 21 languages and been on best-seller lists in Europe, the U.S. and India. She divides her time between New York, London, and New Delhi.

Elizabeth Gilbert’s search for nirvana in India is a part of a long tradition of misguided Western spiritual tourism in the country, writes author Gita Mehta.