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  • 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 even... more...

  • Subhashitavaliby A N D Haskar

    Penguin Books Ltd 2007; US$ 16.98

    The subhashita verse is a popular feature of Sanskrit literature. Composed in isolation or as part of a larger work, it is essentially a miniature poem which encapsulates a complete thought, mood or image in a single stanza. These verse epigrams have a wide range of themes. This selection from the Subhashitavali, a celebrated verse anthology compiled... more...

  • Train to Pakistanby Khushwant Singh

    Penguin Books Ltd 2016; US$ 14.00

    Mano Majra is a place, Khushwant Singh tells us at the beginning of this classic novel, where Sikhs and Muslims have lived together in peace for hundreds of years. Then one day, at the end of the summer, the 'ghost train' arrives, a silent, incredible funeral train loaded with the bodies of thousands of refuges, bringing the village its first taste... more...

  • Essays in Idlenessby Meredith McKinney; Kenko; Chomei

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 11.27

    These two works on life's fleeting pleasures are by Buddhist monks from medieval Japan, but each shows a different world-view. In the short memoir Hjki , Chmei recounts his decision to withdraw from worldly affairs and live as a hermit in a tiny hut in the mountains, contemplating the impermanence of human existence. Kenko, however, displays a... more...

  • Jillby Amy Dillwyn; Kirsti Bohata

    Honno Press 2013; US$ 8.74

    Jill is the story of an unconventional heroine ? a gentlewoman who disguises herself as a maid and runs away to London in search of adventure after her mother dies and her father is pursued by a Victorian gold-digger. Once in London she uses her position as lady's maid to become close to her mistress. Her life above and below stairs is portrayed with... more...

  • Fighting Words and Feuding Wordsby Thomas R. Walsh

    Lexington Books 2005; US$ 39.99

    Fighting Words and Feuding Words engages the powerful tools of Homeric poetic analysis and the anthropological study of emotion in an analysis of two anger terms highlighted in the Iliad by the Achaean prophet Calchas. Walsh argues that kotos and kholos locate two focal points for the study of aggression in Homeric poetry, the first presenting Homer's... more...

  • The Mahabharataby Bibek Debroy

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 25.48

    It is the aftermath of the war in Volume 8. Ashvatthama kills all the remaining Pandavas?with the exception of the five Pandava brothers?and Panchalas. The funeral ceremonies for thedead warriors are performed. Bhishma?s teachings in the Shanti Parva, after Yudhishthira is crowned, is about duties to be followed under different circumstances. more...