Puranic Tales For Cynical People

Puranic Tales For Cynical People

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Author: Parashuram
Pradip Bhattacharya/Shekhar Sen
Translator(s): Pradip Bhattacharya / Shekhar Sen
Publisher: Indialog Publications
Year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 243
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8187981849

Description

In a style that is curiously light and acerbic at the same time, Rajshekhar Parashuram Bose places well-known characters from the Puranas in situations that might have been. Surpanakha’s wooden nose and ear pieces fall off as she becomes hysterical reminiscing about her heartbreaking love for Ram; Mahaveer Hanuman’s wife-hunt ends in despair; Durvasa finds his rattle years later, in the Kali Yug, tangled in his beard – thanks to a few mice; and Hanuman appears again at a séance in the 1950’s to explain Ram’s rule and the politics of power, and even delivers the proverbial kick in the butt to a couple of so-called patriots.

This vintage wine in a whole new bottle has the fizz and bite to make even the most hardened cynics drunk on laughter, and make them sit back and say, Didn’t I tell you so!

REVIEW

Bengalis have in short stories by Parashuram and Rabindranath Tagore perhaps the world’s best models for precision and economy of language. In his, collection of stories, Parashuram’s prose defies editing. Not a word is in excess; every sentence is stripped to its cleanest component.
–Jyoti Sanyal, The Sunday Statesman

Contents

INTRODUCTION

JABALI
Translated by Pradip Bhattacharya

SURPANAKHA’S REMINISCENCES
Translated by Shekhar Sen

BHARAT’S RATTLE
Translated by Shekhar Sen

THE THIRD DICE GAME
Translated by Pradip Bhattacharya

HANUMAN’S DREAM
Translated by Pradip Bhattacharya

REUNION
Translated by Shekhar Sen

DASHAKARAN’S RENUNCIATION
Translted by Shekhar Sen

THE RULE OF RAM
Translated by Pradip Battacharya

REVATI GETS A HUSBAND
Translated by Pradip Battacharya

THREE CREATORS
Translated by Pradip Bhatacharya

THE AGASTYA PASS
Translted by Pradip Bhattacharya

THE GANDHAMADAN CONCLAVE
Translated by Shekhar Sen

STRIPTEASE
Translated by Shekhar Sen

BHEEM GITA
Translated by Pradip Bhattacharya

PANCHALI, BELOVED OF THE PANDAVS
Translted by Shekhar Sen

THE ORIGIN OF THE BALAKHILYAS
Translated by Shekhar Sen

VICE VERSA
Translated by Shekhar Sen

DAMBARU PANDIT
Tranaltee by Shekhar Sen

THE CLAY GIRDLE
Translated by Shekhar Sen

YAYATI’S SENILITY
Transalted by Shekhar Sen

GLOSSARY