The Absent Traveller: Prakrit Love Poetry from the Gathasaptasati of Satavahana Hala: Pakrit Love Poetry from the Gathasapthasati of Satavahana Hala

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Reputed to have been compiled by the Satavahana King Hala in the second century CE, this is a celebrated collection of 700 verses in Maharashtri Prakrit, composed in the compact, distilled gatha form. The anthology has attracted several learned commentaries and now, through Arvind Krishna Mehrotra's acclaimed translation of 207 verses from the anthology, readers of English at last have access to its poems. The speakers are mostly women and, whether young or old, married or single, they touch on the subject of sexuality with frankness, sensitivity and, every once in a while, humour, which never ceases to surprise.

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Arvind Krishna Mehrotra was born in Lahore in 1947. He is the author of four books of poems, the most recent of which is The Transfiguring Places (1998). He has edited The Oxford India Anthology of Twelve Modern Indian Poets (1992), An Illustrated History of Indian Literature in English (2003), and The Last Bungalow: Writings on Allahabad (2007).

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