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  • Hitopadesaby S Narayana

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 15.28

    The ever-popular Book of Good Counsels from ancient India. One of the best-known Sanskrit classics, Narayana?s Hitopadesa is a fascinating collection of animal and human fables augmented with polished verse epigrams and gnomic stanzas, many of which have become proverbial. This satirical, often irreverent and sometimes ribald text has been popular... more...

  • Appeasement of Radhikaby Muddupalani

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 15.28

    An erotic classic and the most recognized work of an celebrated nineteenth-century poet and courtesan 'Last night, I dreamt of Hari With that melodious-voiced woman. He seemed impatient with me, And now even The song of the nightingale seems shrill.' An erotic narrative poem that explores desire and jealousy, love experienced and love lost, Radhika... more...

  • Classic Sunil Gangopadhyayby Sunil Gangopadhyay

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 25.48

    This special omnibus edition brings together the three great historical novels Sunil Gangopadhyay wrote. The Bengal Renaissance forms the backdrop to the Sahitya Akademi Award-winning Those Days, in which a feudal aristocracy awakens to its social obligations. In its sequel First Light, a turn-of-the-century Bengal, led by Rabindranath Tagore and Swami... more...

  • I Keep Vigil of Rudraby H S Shivaprakash

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; US$ 16.98

    One of the only collections of Vachana poetry in translation?a must read for all poetry lovers. Here I come, a ferryman without a body To the great flowing river. If you pay the price? Your mind That grasps and lets go, I shall take you across? Vachana poetry in Kannada literature attained its zenith in the twelfth century. Passionate, intensely personal,... more...

  • The Final Questionby Saratchandra Chattopadhyay

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; US$ 16.98

    Like Dickens, Saratchandra had a bag of wonderful tales'? The Hindu The Final Question (Shesh Prashna) is one of Saratchandra Chattopadhyay's last novels and perhaps his most radically innovative. The novel caused a sensation when it was first published in 1931, drawing censure from conservative critics but enthusiastic support from general readers,... more...

  • Nationalismby Rabindranath Tagore

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; US$ 13.58

    ?More than any other Indian he has . . . broadened the bases of Indian nationalism. He has been India?s internationalist par excellence? ?Jawaharlal Nehru Rabindranath Tagore (1861?1941) was the first Asian to win a Nobel Prize. Nationalism is based on lectures delivered by him during the First World War. While the nations of Europe were doing battle,... more...

  • Train To Pakistanby Khushwant Singh

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; US$ 16.98

    It is the summer of 1947. But Partition does not mean much to the Sikhs and Muslims of Mano Majra, a village on the border of India and Pakistan. Then, a local money-lender is murdered, and suspicion falls upon Juggut Singh, the village gangster who is in love with a Muslim girl. When a train arrives, carrying the bodies of dead Sikhs, the village... more...

  • Two Measures of Bhaktiby Vijay Nambisan

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; US$ 11.88

    Late medieval poems from Kerala that still resonate in every Malayali?s heart touchstones of faith in Kerala. Puntanam?s Jnana-paana may claim to be the first original modern poem in Malayalam; simple and innocent, it still speaks directly to the reader. Melpattur?s Narayaniyam is ?the last great hurrah of classical Sanskrit? in India; the poem excerpted... more...

  • Mahabharataby Bibek Debroy

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 34.00

    The Mahabharata is one of the greatest stories ever told. Though the basic plot is widely known, there is much more to the epic than the dispute between Kouravas and Pandavas that led to the battle in Kurukshetra. It has innumerable sub-plots that accommodate fascinating meanderings and digressions, and it has rarely been translated in full, given... more...

  • Face to Faceby Ved Mehta

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 16.98

    Blind since the age of four, Ved Mehta led a lonely and turbulent childhood in India until he was accepted to the Arkansas School for the Blind, to which he flew alone at fifteen. America and the school changed his life, leading to degrees at Oxford and Harvard Universities and a fruitful writing career. Face to Face (1957), Mehta?s first book, is... more...