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  • The Wakefield Mystery Playsby Martial Rose

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 15.00

    Four hundred years ago the medieval mystery plays, presented each year in various English villages to teach the stories of the Bible to the illiterate population, were the great classic English dramas. Queen Elizabeth I banned these plays because she considered them Roman Catholic, and since then the texts have been available only to scholars.  ... more...

  • Bankimchandra Omnibusby Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 22.08

    The First Volume Of This Collector S Edition Brings Together Five Of Bankimchandra S Best-Known Works In English Translation. Set In The Bengal Of Emperor Jehangir S Time, Kapalkundala Tells The Story Of Nabakumar, A Young Woman Named Kapalkundala Whom He Rescues From A Tantric Intent On Human Sacrifice, And The Beautiful Lutfunnisa Who Has Sold Her... more...

  • The Giver of the Worn Garland KRISHNADEVARAYA'S AMUKTAMALYADAby Srinivas Reddy

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; US$ 16.98

    And below her hair; she would put on a garlandand spend a few minutes just gazing into a pond;seeing her reflection and satisfying her desirebefore turning awayand returning the worn garland to her flower basketThe emperor Krishnadevaraya?s epic poem Amuktamalyada (Giver of the Worn Garland) depicts the life of the medieval Vaisnava poet-saint Andal;... more...

  • The Mahabharataby Bibek Debroy

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 25.48

    The Greatest Story Ever ToldDispute over land and kingdom may lie at the heart of this story of war between cousins?the Pandavas and the Kouravas?but the Mahabharata is about conflicts of dharma. These conflicts are immense and various, singular and commonplace. Throughout the epic, characters face them with no clear indications of what is right and... more...

  • The Mahabharataby Bibek Debroy

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 25.48

    The Greatest Story Ever ToldDispute over land and kingdom may lie at the heart of this story of war between cousins?the Pandavas and the Kouravas?but the Mahabharata is about conflicts of dharma. These conflicts are immense and various, singular and commonplace. Throughout the epic, characters face them with no clear indications of what is right and... more...

  • 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...

  • 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...