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 […]

October 29, 2015

Hard and Brittle Religions

By Amit Majmudar

  Why do some religions die out, while others persist in the face of brutal persecution? Religious diversity, while not completely analogous to biological diversity, has drastically diminished over the […]

March 25, 2013

Why I Don’t Teach Poetry Writing

By Amit Majmudar

  What are we teaching when we teach the writing of poetry? Much of what we call the “teaching” of poetry is actually the teaching of contemporary conventions governing poetry. […]

February 10, 2013

“Western” and “Modern”

By Amit Majmudar

  It is interesting to note that among Indian Hindus, the words “Western” and “modern” are well-nigh interchangeable in usage. That is, a “modern” way of dressing, loving and marrying, […]

August 27, 2012

The Two Gandhis

By Amit Majmudar

Takes on Mahatma Gandhi tend to focus either on the Mahatma or on the Gandhi: That is, they either consider him a holy man whose politics emerged from an inner “truth” […]