Friday, January 19, 2007
The Tenth Rasa - An anthology of Indian Nonsense...
The Tenth Rasa is finally out! It's a really interesting book, and I'm not saying that only because I'm involved ;) I translated some Marathi and Gujarati literary and folk nonsense for the book. And it was great fun - the translation part of it was immensely satisfying, of course, but even more delightful was the spirit of fun and rigour that the editor Michael Heyman brought to the whole project. What I really loved about the book is the sheer range of material that Mike, Anushka Ravishankar and the others have brought together - there are poems and prose pieces from practically every Indian language, and also bits from Hindi films (Amitabh's monologue from My name is Anthony Gonsalves and his I can talk English, I can walk English... speech from Namak Halal)!
Lots of original poems too, by Anushka and Sampurna and others. But more than anything else, a wonderful bhel puri of the many kinds of nonsensification in India... Go take a look - am sure you'll like it!