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The Collected Essays of A. K. Ramanujan

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Poet, translator, and folklorist, A.K. Ramanujan has been recognized as the world's most profound scholar of South Asian language and culture. This book brings together for the first time, thirty essays on literature and culture written by Ramanujan over a period of four decades. It is the product of the collaborative effort of a number of his colleagues and friends. Each ...more
Paperback, 656 pages
Published February 12th 2004 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2000)
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Harsimran Khural
Oct 16, 2015 Harsimran Khural rated it really liked it
The collected essays contain a variety of pieces on Indian culture, languages and folklore. It contains one of Ramanujan's most famous essays, Three Hundred Ramayanas, that got banned in Mumbai University by the actions of a certain Hindu nationalist. It also contains the best commentary on Mahabharata that I have read till date. This one essay surpasses "The Difficulty of Being Good" in depth and insight. The book is full of folktales and titbits from mythology.
Some essays though, which focus
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Read only the section that has essays analyzing the Indian folklores. Great read!
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Ramanujan was an Indian poet, scholar and author, a philologist, folklorist, translator, poet and playwright. His academic research ranged across five languages: Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Sanskrit, and English. He published works on both classical and modern variants of these literature and also argued strongly for giving local, non-standard dialects their due.

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