About the Book :
Ancient India - where Vishvaamitra through Vedic austerities and Yaajnavalkya through Vedantic insight, explored the soaring levels of human consciousness; where Valmiki and Kalidasa created sublime poetry; where Rama and Yudhishthira ruled with an exquisite composite of wisdom, welfare and justice as the stuff of their royal sceptres; and where Lord Krishna spoke the wondrously universal philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita - theses gems from the treasures of India's spiritual and literary heritage, form the themes that link this volume of modern essays. While these stories have been told and retold, interpreted and re-interpreted through millennia, this fluent and enjoyable narrative, presents a journey of exploration and analysis to find new meanings in the ancient words - looking at them through the prism of a modern, liberal and humanistic world-view.
About the Author :
ABHIJIT BASU (b.1950), is a post-graduate in Chemistry from Calcutta University. After a long career in the Civil Service, Government of India, he retired as financial administrator in 2010. Apart from his interest in science, Basu has been a life-long follower of the liberal arts, an ardent reader and an occasional writer. Now with time on hand, Basu has taken up his pen to write on fields close to his heart – Sanskrit literature and philosophy, English and Bengali literature, the sciences, history – a catholic range of subjects. His other interests include recitations, vocal music and dramatics. Basu hails from an old Kolkata-based family of civil servants, professionals and academics. He considers himself blessed in having exemplars as parents. His late father, a well-regarded civil servant, was also an English and Sanskrit scholar. Basu now divides his time between Kolkata and Delhi. Abhijit Basu can be reached at: [email protected]