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Are You A Monkey, Or Are You A Kitten? Short Essays On This and That

Author Name: K.S.RAM & UMA RAM | Format: Paperback | Genre : Letters & Essays | Other Details

The short essays in this book have a common string: spirituality, in a practical sense of the word. The range of topics is wide: Love is a Verb-less State of Being; The Price of Money; Not Nothing, I am No-thing; Life Lessons from Chess; Drink While you Pray, or Pray While You Drink?; Another Way to Eat a Mango; Hostile Love; To be a Somebody, Remain a Nobody; In Divine Mathematics, 0=1=∞; etc. Several essays are related to the spiritual outlook of indigenous peoples, commonly called the tribes. The essays are meant to nudge the reader into self-seeking; to ignite a desire to think forward; to draw on the past wisdom for direction to address today’s concerns and everyday tasks. The language and the presentation are simple, delightful, and gripping. 

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Dr.Uma Ram did her MA in English from the University of Mysore. She earned her doctorate working on Indianness as a Value in Terms of Art in Modern Indian Poetry in English. She has taught in Mysore and Jagdalpur. She retired as Professor and Head, Department of English, Government Kakatiya Post Graduate College in Jagdalpur, Bastar, Chhattisgarh.   She has jointly authored Tribal Songs, Ballads and Oral Epics of Bastar (2012). Uma and Ram have collaborated to translate into English, Sri Guru Charitre, by K.Seetha Rama Rao (Kannada); and Bhulan Kaanda, a short novel in Hindi by Sanjeev Buxy. The two are currently translating into English Mankutimma Kagga, a modern classic in Kannada by Dr.D.V.Gundappa.

K.S.Ram studied in King George’s School, Ajmer. He graduated in English (Major), from Lingaraj College, Belgaum, winning the Karnatak University Gold Medal in 1974, and did M.A in English from the University of Mysore. He has translated Adi Shankaracharya’s Bhaja Govindam and Sri Annapoorna Stotra into English (2016). His translation of Kabir’s dohas into English won appreciation from the Sahitya Academy, New Delhi, and Dr. Mulk Raj Anand, the novelist. He is the author of Bastar and Miscellaneous Poems, published by notionpress.