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  • Love Stands Aloneby A R Venkatachalapthy

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 16.98

    The breathtaking poems in Love Stands Alone speak to us across time, space, language and culture. The interior, akam, and the exterior, puram, form their two overarching themes. The akam poems are concerned with love in all its varied situations: clandestine and illicit; conjugal happiness and infidelity; separation and union. The puram poems encompass... more...

  • The River Speaksby Elizabeth Rani Segran

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 16.98

    In the ancient Tamil country, the Vaiyai was much more than a mighty river rushing towards the sea. People knew the river intimately and lived their lives upon its banks. In these exquisite poems from the distant past (second to eighth century CE), we glimpse the ebb and flow of everyday life: the bathing, the water games, the lovers? quarrels and... more...

  • Mahabharata Vol. 6by Bibek Debroy

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; 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 the Kouravas and the Pandavas that led to the battle of Kurukshetra. It has innumerable sub-plots that accommodate fascinating meanderings and digressions, and it has rarely been translated in full,... more...

  • Fastiby Anne Wiseman; Peter Wiseman

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 8.99

    Times and their reasons, arranged in order through the Latin year, and constellations sunk beneath the earth and risen, I shall sing.'Ovid's poetical calendar of the Roman year is both a day by day account of festivals and observances and their origins, and a delightful retelling of myths and legends associated with particular dates. Written... more...

  • Hats and Doctorsby Upendranath Ashk

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 18.68

    Hats and Doctors offers English readers the opportunity to savour, for the first time, the work of Upendranath Ashk, one of Hindi literature?s best-known authors. The stories in this collection often display a wry sense of humour, such as ?The Dal Eaters? in which a family of cheapskates journeys to Kashmir. While Ashk?s satirical eye is employed to... more...

  • Tilism-e-Hoshrubaby Shahnaz Aijazuddin

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; US$ 16.98

    Tilism-e-Hoshruba is an epic narrative of the adventures of the legendary Persian hero Emir Hamza?the protagonist of Hamza Nama?his sons and grandsons. The epic opens with the commander-in-chief of the Islamic army, Hamza, pursuing Laqa, who makes false claims to divinity. Laqa takes refuge in Kohistan, adjacent to the enchanted land of Hoshruba, ruled... more...

  • The Loom Of Timeby Kalidasa

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 16.13

    Kalidasa is the greatest poet and playwright in classical Sanskrit literature and one of the greatest in world literature. Kalidasa is said to have lived and composed his work at the close of the first millennium BC though his dates have not been conclusively established. In all, seven of his works have survived: three plays, three long poems and an... more...

  • Kuralby Tiruvalluvar

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 11.88

    A celebrated work by the greatest poet of classical Tamil literature Tiruvalluvar probably lived and wrote between the second century BC and the eighth century AD though his dates have not been conclusively established. The work by which he is known, the Kural, comprises 1,330 couplets and is divided into three sections?Virtue, Wealth and Love?and... more...

  • Kamba Ramayanaby P S Sundaram

    Penguin Books Ltd 2002; US$ 16.98

    A masterly translation of the Tamil version of Ramayana The epic story of Rama, which is part of the Indian collective consciousness, has been retold in many regional languages. Pre-eminent among the many vernacular retellings of the Ramayana is the twelfth-century Tamil version by Kamban. The son of a temple drummer, Kamban is reputed to have had... more...

  • It?s a City-showman?s Show!by Imre Bangha

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 16.98

    The monsoon night passes like a knife? again and again the heart is cut away The seventeenth-century ascetic Anandghan (Cloud of Bliss) is one of the outstanding poets of Jain vernacular literature. His transcendental songs have been popular for over three centuries and remain part of the Jain devotional canon even today. Anandghan?s songs?which... more...