The Courtesan's Keeper - A Satire from Ancient Kashmir

The Courtesan's Keeper - A Satire from Ancient Kashmir

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Author: Kshemendra
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): A N D Haksar
Publisher: Rupa
Year: 2008
Language: English
Pages: 85
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788129113368


The Courtesan’s Keeper is the first English translation of the thousand year old little known Sanskrit satirical novel Samaya Matrika by Kshemendra, an eminent writer from eleventh century Kashmir. Spread over eight chapters, it is one of the picturesque social satires he wrote apart from many celebrated works on religion and poetics.

A delightful rendition of the life and times of a courtesan Kankali as she teaches the ways of the world to her ward Kalavati, the book also brings to life the vibrant society of the period in a host of characters, each drawn in vivid detail.

From the attractive courtesan and her shrewd old keeper, to the experienced barber and the avaricious trader, the book provides a lively insight into the colourful conditions then prevailing in the valley and interesting glimpses of its interactions outside.


A Worrying question
The story of a Life
Life begins at Dusk
The Eighty Passions
A catch in the Morning
Meeting the Lover
The Goal Attained

Appendix A: Kshemendra’s Works
B. Place Names