Three Satires from Ancient Kashmir

Three Satires from Ancient Kashmir

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Author: Kshemendra
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): A. N. D. Haksar
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2011
Language: English
Pages: 184
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780143063230


Corruption in government, hypocrisy in religion, avaricious greed in business: these are some of the targets of Kshemendra’s one-thousand-year-old satires. So are superstition and sexual obsession, anomalies in education and a host of other ills of the time.

Written by a celebrated name in classical Sanskrit literature, these little known exposés of fourteenth-century society find resonance in the Indian subcontinent even today.


A.N.D. Haksar is a well-known translator of Sanskrit classics. Educated at the universities of Allahabad and Oxford, he was for many years a career diplomat, serving as the Indian high commissioner to Kenya and the Seychelles, minister to the United States and ambassador to Portugal and Yugoslavia.

Haksar's translations from the Sanskrit include The Shattered Thigh and Other Plays, Tales of the Ten Princes, Hitopadesa, Simhasana Dvatrimsika, Subhashitavali and Kama Sutra, all published as Penguin Classics.