The lively stories in this book capture the magic and wonder of six great works from the golden ages of Sanskrit and Tamil literature.
Kalidasa’s Abhijnanashakuntalam, the great saga of forgotten love between Shakuntala and Dushyanta.
Shudraka’s Mrichchakatika, the epic romance between the penniless Charudatta and the courtesan Vasantasena, played out against the backdrop of political intrigue and mystery.
Bhavabhuti’s Uttararamacharita, the compelling reinvention of the story of Rama and Sita.
Illanko Adigal’s Silappadikaram, the story of the legendry revenge wrecked by the strong and beautiful Kannagi.
Sattanar’s Manimekalai, the quest of an extraordinary woman to master truths that define human existence.
Bhasa’s Urubhangam, the stirring tale of the Mahabharata that culminates in the final battle between Duryodhana and Bheema at Kurukshetra.
An ideal introduction to some of the best-known tales from Indian classical literature and their eternal themes of love and courage, loyalty and betrayal.
The first edition (Puffin India, 2007)