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Author: A. N. D. Haksar
Translator(s)/ Edito: A. N. D. Haksar
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2007
Language: English
Pages: 192
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0143101366


The subhashita verse is a popular feature of Sanskrit literature. Composed in isolation or as part of a larger work, it is essentially a miniature poem which encapsulates a complete thought, mood or image in a single stanza. These verse epigrams have a wide range of themes.

This selection from the Subhashitavali, a celebrated verse anthology compiled by Vallabhadeva in c. fifteenth-century Kashmir, offers a rich variety of erotic poetry and a wealth of lyrical and gnomic verse. One section is given to earthy humour and cynical satire seldom available in English renditions. Also included are invocations and allegories, panegyrics and pen-pictures, sage observations and stark musings. The sweep of these verses is matched by the eclectic array of contributors—from illustrious poets like Vyasa and Valmiki, Kalidasa and Bana to others now mostly forgotten.

These verses of jollity and wit, ribaldry and bawdiness, snide sarcasm and wry comment showcase the fact that Sanskrit literature, generally perceived as staid and serious, can also be flippant and fun.




1. Salutations
2. Blessings
3. Poets and poetry
4. Good people
5. Villains
6. Niggardliness
7. Nobility
8. Allegories from Nature
9. Allegories form the Animal World
10. Allegories Miscellany
11. Love in Separation
12. Friends and Go-betweens
13. Beautiful Women
14. Pride and Placation
15. The Seasons
16. Nightfall
17. Carousals
18. Love in Union
19. Miscellaneous Verses;1
20. The Heroic Mode
21. Humour and satire
22. Pen Pictures
23. Verses of Flattery
24. Verses of Counsel
25. On Dharma
26. The Iron Age of Kali
27. The power of Past Deeds
28. Fate
29. Times of Trouble
30. On Being a Servant
31. Cravings
32. Transience
33. Derision of Lust
34. Regrets
35. Aspiration
36. Miscellaneous Verses:2
37. Prayers

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