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1 Poems from a Novella

A.K. Ramanujan; vi Datta Chandra Shobhi (Advisory Editor); Translated from Kannada By Tonse N.K. Raju and Shouri Daniels-Ramanujan

Oxford University Press, New Delhi, India, 2006, 0-19-567498-7 / 9780195674989, First Edition, Hardbound, New, New, 
These four works add yet another dimension to the rich contribution A.K. Ramanujan has made to Indian and American letters. The books of poems The Lotus in the Navel, Kuntobille, and And Other Poems are written in an extraordinary variety of modes and moods. In Kannada, the language of his childhood, he roams freely and widely. He quarrels with himself, with his traditional roots and his adopted country, giving us memorable poems such as: O Lord, Whether You Exist A King of Soliloquies, and The River. The prose work, Someone Else s Autobiography, is an unusually complex story told by the fictional K. K. Ramanujan, who is embarking on a writing cure at the instigation of one A.K. Ramanujan, an obscure academic and minor poet. The ironies proliferate. Ostensibly, the outer frame is a three-day period when K. K. Ramanujan, as a young lad, goes with his father to Madras, to visit a dying relative. Inside this frame, there are multiple stories, which are prolepsistic and backward l ooking the storytellers share certain obsessions, notably that of different kinds displacement and its opposite: that of twinning, or the loss of boundaries between the self and someone else. In this ingeniously diffracted narrative, through the stories of those he encounters by chance, the author has managed to tell us a great deal about his own life-story. Though the crisis of consciousness depicted in the novella is thoroughly modern, the author has chosen a traditional Indian mode of telling it. Printed Pages: 256. 013226

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2 Samskara: A Rite for a Dead Man

A.K. Ramanujan

Oxford University Press, New Delhi, India, 2003, 0-19-562388-6 / 9780195623888, Fourteenth Impression, Paperback, New, 
Printed Pages: 158. 011919

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3 Speaking of Siva: Translated with an Introduction

A.K. Ramanujan

Penguin, New Delhi, India, 1973, 0-14-044270-7 / 9780140442700, First Indian Edition, Paperback, New, New, 
Speaking of Siva is a collection of ‘mantras?or free-verse lyrics written by four major saints of the great ‘bhakti?protest movement which originated in the tenth century A.D. Composed in Kannada, a Dravidian language of South India, the poems are lyrical expressions of love for the god Siva. They mirror the urge to bypass tradition and ritual, to concentrate on the subject rather than the object of worship, and to express kinship with all living things in moving terms. Passionate, personal, fiercely monotheistic, these free verses possess an appeal, which is timeless and universal. Printed Pages: 199. 011640

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4 The Many Faces of Murukan: The History and Meaning of a South Indian God

Fred W. Clothey with the Poem 'Prayers to Lord Murukan' By A.K. Ramanujan

Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India, 2005, 81-215-1143-7 / 9788121511438, First Indian Edition, Hard Cover, New, New, 
This book is a study of one of the most persistent and popular gods in south India and traces the history of the god, dwelling especially on four periods: The earliest known Tamil civilization as portrayed in classical Tamil literature and archeology; The Northern Epic period as depicted in Epic mythology; the Medieval South as depicted in the iconography and literature of the period; and contemporary Tamil Nadu as expressed in the ritual life of the cultus. In each period, an attempt is made to explore the cultural dynamics and symbolic meanings of the deity's mythology and cultic life. The god's development includes stages in which he is a lord of hill and hunt in the Early South; a deity who serves as prototype for both ksatriya and brahmana communities in the Epic North; a god who serves as purveyor of Saiva Siddhanta thought and inspiration of Tamil literature in the Medieval South; and a 'high god' who epitomizes the fullness of regional pride and religious aspiration in contemporary Tamil India. As one of the most popular deities in Tamil India today, Murukan is a particularly apt portrait of how a contemporary people in Asia find identity and meaning through traditional symbols. Murukan's history and meaning combines themes which are classical and 'popular,' 'Sanskrit' and 'Tamil,' traditional and 'modern,' Vaisnava and Saiva. That people of differing walks of life have perceived him in varying, yet consistent, ways even into the present moment, makes the cultus of Murukan a fascinating example of man's persisting quest for meaning and fulfillment. Printed Pages: 268. 032941

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5 The Many Faces of Murukan: The History and Meaning of a South Indian God

Fred W. Clothey with the Poem 'Prayers to Lord Murukan' By A.K. Ramanujan

Mouton, The Hague, The Netherlands, 1978, 90-279-7632-5 / 9789027976321, First Edition, Hard Cover, New, Very Good, 
This book is a study of one of the most persistent and popular gods in south India and traces the history of the god, dwelling especially on four periods: The earliest known Tamil civilization as portrayed in classical Tamil literature and archeology; The Northern Epic period as depicted in Epic mythology; the Medieval South as depicted in the iconography and literature of the period; and contemporary Tamil Nadu as expressed in the ritual life of the cultus. In each period, an attempt is made to explore the cultural dynamics and symbolic meanings of the deity's mythology and cultic life. The god's development includes stages in which he is a lord of hill and hunt in the Early South; a deity who serves as prototype for both ksatriya and brahmana communities in the Epic North; a god who serves as purveyor of Saiva Siddhanta thought and inspiration of Tamil literature in the Medieval South; and a 'high god' who epitomizes the fullness of regional pride and religious aspiration in contemporary Tamil India. As one of the most popular deities in Tamil India today, Murukan is a particularly apt portrait of how a contemporary people in Asia find identity and meaning through traditional symbols. Murukan's history and meaning combines themes which are classical and 'popular,' 'Sanskrit' and 'Tamil,' traditional and 'modern,' Vaisnava and Saiva. That people of differing walks of life have perceived him in varying, yet consistent, ways even into the present moment, makes the cultus of Murukan a fascinating example of man's persisting quest for meaning and fulfillment. Printed Pages: 268. Slightly chipped dust jacket. Book is in mint condition. 021963

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6 The Oxford Anthology of Modern Indian Poetry

Vinay Dharwadker and A.K. Ramanujan

Oxford University Press, New Delhi, India, 1998, 0-19-563917-0 / 9780195639179, First Edition, Paperback, New, 
This anthology, the first significant work of its kind, contains some of the finest Indian poetry written in the 20th century. It brings together 125 poets in English and English translation from 14 Indian languages, providing an ideal overview of the major figures, forms, and movements in Indian poetry in the last 100 years. The poets featured range from Rabindranath Tagore and Subramania Sharati to Anuradha Mahapatra, Saleem Peeradina, and Vikram Seth. `Subaltern' poets such as Narayan Surve and Namdeo Dhasal are included, as well as three generations of women poets, from Balamani Indira Sant to Revathi Devi and Gagan Gill. Besides displaying the diversity of modern Indian poetry, the anthology reveals its coherent patterns and developments by arranging the poets and poems in eight thematic sections which explore many of the central concerns of our times: love and desire, kinship and domesticity; the imagination and the creative process; the play of knowledge and understanding; the interdependence of human culture and natural environment. Printed Pages: 286. 013931

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