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Michel Danino

Michel Danino

I am reading Sri Aurobindo’s Letters on Yoga , probably for the fifth or sixth time (but the first time in the recent four-volume edition). It is essential knowledge, of unrivalled depth and breadth. Last I read Amit Vaidya’s Holy Cancer: How a Cow Saved My Life . It is a moving testimony of how the author’s cancer (at stage IV) became the instrument not of his death but of his rebirth. Next I plan to read Srinivas Reddy’s translation of Kalidasa’s Meghadutam . His earlier translations of Krishnadevaraya’s The Giver of the Worn Garland and Kalidasa’s Malavikagnimitram were felicitous and rigorous at the same time. I look forward to reading the great classic again in this new translation.

MichelDanino is is the author of ‘The Lost River: On theTrail of the Sarasvati’ (2010) and a member of the IndianCouncil for Historical Research.

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