April 13, 2019

Review: Rabindranath Tagore, Selected Poems

By Amit Majmudar

Tagore, Rabindranath. Selected Poems. Translated by William Radice. Penguin Modern Classics (India), 208 pages.   Some writers write different things the same way over and over again. All of Emily […]

March 30, 2019

Review: Kural by Tiruvalluvar

By Amit Majmudar

Tiruvalluvar. Kural. Translated and edited with an Introduction by P. S. Sundaram. Penguin Classics India, 1990. 168 pages.   The Kural generally goes by the title Tirukural, where the “Tiru” […]

March 25, 2019


By Amit Majmudar

Amman, Mir. A Tale of Four Dervishes. Translated from the Urdu with an Introduction by Mohammed Zakir. Penguin Classics (India), 1994. 158 pages.   Continuing my exploration of Penguin India’s […]

March 17, 2019

On The Selected Poetry of Amir Khusrau

By Amit Majmudar

In the Bazaar of Love: The Selected Poetry of Amir Khusrau. Translated by Paul E. Losensky and Sunil Sharma Penguin Classics India, 2011. 164 pages.   The Introduction to this […]

March 9, 2019

Review: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra

By Amit Majmudar

PATANJALI’S YOGA SUTRA. Translated from the Sanskrit with an Introduction and Commentary by Shyam Ranganathan. Penguin Classics India, 2008. 319 pages.   During a recent visit to the Jaipur Literary […]

January 13, 2017

Goodbye, Marcus Aurelius

By Amit Majmudar

  Blaming Russia for the outcome of our recent election is, among other things, a way of offloading collective guilt for its result. The same goes for blaming the electoral […]

October 15, 2016

Bob Dylan Won the Nobel Prize [!/?]

By Amit Majmudar

  Learning of Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize in Literature this week, I found myself observing, as if from a great distance, the point that the Committee was making (oral and […]

October 8, 2016

Order and Stability

By Amit Majmudar

I can’t help but notice the word “instability” getting used, in political writing, to refer to widespread and continued lawlessness, violence, rioting, and so on. A “stable” society is one […]

March 3, 2016

Civis Americus Sum

By Amit Majmudar

Historical analogies between Ancient Rome and contemporary America never get old for a good reason: The parallels are uncanny, and, however imperfect, are consistently more striking than the divergences. The […]