The Penguin Book of Classical Indian Love Stories and Lyrics

The Penguin Book of Classical Indian Love Stories and Lyrics

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A compilation of love stories and poems from the classical literature and folklore of India Set in regions of great natural beauty where Kamadeva, the god of love, picks his victims with consummate ease, these stories and lyrics celebrate the myriad aspects of love. In addition to relatively well-known works like Kalidasa's Meghadutam and Prince Ilango Adigal's Shilappadikaram, the collection features lesser-known writers of ancient India like Damodaragupta (eighth century AD), whose 'Loves of Haralata and Dundarasena' is about a high-born man's doomed affair with a courtesan; Janna (twelfth century), whose Tale of the Glory-Bearer is extracted here for the story of a queen who betrays her handsome husband for a mahout, reputed to be the ugliest man in the kingdom; and the Sanskrit poets Amaru and Mayaru (seventh century), whose lyrics display an astonishing perspective on the tenderness, the fierce passion and the playful savagery of physical love. Also featured are charming stories of Hindu gods and goddesses in love, and nineteenth-century retellings of folk tales from different regions of the country like Kashmir, Punjab, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. the romantic in all of us.So saying she took her among the * This is a game like skittles, but on a small scale. The kang is the seed of a large king of creeper called Gila in Bengal; it is propelled by the finger at a number of pins set in a row. It is principally played by theanbsp;...

Title:The Penguin Book of Classical Indian Love Stories and Lyrics
Author:Ruskin Bond
Publisher:Penguin Books India - 1996


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