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Essential Murty Classics

  • Sufi Lyrics
  • Poems of the First Buddhist Women
  • Ghazals
  • He Spoke of Love
  • Poems from the Sikh Sacred Tradition

Perfect introductions to the vast, dazzling world of classic literature from South Asia. Collect them all.

Author - Editorial Staff

Date - 8 November 2023

Time to read - 1 min

  • Sufi Lyrics

    Sufi Lyrics

    Selections from a World Classic

    Bullhe Shah, Christopher Shackle, Christopher Shackle

    A modern translation of verses by Bullhe Shah, the iconic eighteenth-century Sufi poet, treasured by readers worldwide to this day.

    Bullhe Shah’s work is among the glories of Panjabi literature, and the iconic eighteenth-century poet is widely regarded as a master of mystical Sufi poetry. His verses, famous for their vivid style and outspoken denunciation of artificial religious divisions,...

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  • Poems of the First Buddhist Women

    Poems of the First Buddhist Women

    A Translation of the Therigatha

    Charles Hallisey

    A stunning modern translation of a Buddhist classic that is also one of the oldest literary texts in the world written by women.

    The Therīgāthā is one of the oldest surviving literatures by women, composed more than two millennia ago and originally collected as part of the Pali canon of Buddhist scripture. These poems were written by some of the first Buddhist women—therīs—honored for their...

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  • Ghazals

    Ghazals

    Translations of Classic Urdu Poetry

    Mir Taqi Mir, Shamsur Rahman Faruqi

    The finest ghazals of Mir Taqi Mir, the most accomplished of Urdu poets.

    The prolific Mir Taqi Mir (1723–1810), widely regarded as the most accomplished poet in Urdu, composed his ghazals—a poetic form of rhyming couplets—in a distinctive Indian style arising from the Persian ghazal tradition. Here, the lover and beloved live in a world of extremes: the outsider is the hero, prosperity is p...

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  • He Spoke of Love

    He Spoke of Love

    Selected Poems from the Satsai

    Biharilal, Rupert Snell

    The seventeenth-century Hindi classic treasured for its subtle and beautiful portrayal of divine and erotic love’s pleasures and sorrows.

    The seven hundred poems of the Hindi poet Biharilal’s Satsai weave amorous narratives of the god Krishna and the goddess Radha with archetypal hero and heroine motifs that bridge divine and worldly love. He Spoke of Love brims with romantic rivalries, cla...

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  • Poems from the Sikh Sacred Tradition

    Poems from the Sikh Sacred Tradition

    Guru Nanak, Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh

    “A landmark volume, filled with beautiful renderings of writings from the Guru Granth Sahib.”
    —Simran Jeet Singh, author of The Light We Give: How Sikh Wisdom Can Transform Your Life

    An exquisite new translation of Guru Nanak’s verses, illuminating the sacred tenets cherished by millions of Sikhs worldwide.

    Guru Nanak (1469–1539), a native of Panjab, founded the Sikh religion. His...

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  • Sur’s Ocean

    Sur’s Ocean

    Classic Hindi Poetry in Translation

    Surdas, John Stratton Hawley

    “John Stratton Hawley miraculously manages to braid the charged erotic and divine qualities of Krishna, the many-named god, while introducing us—with subtle occasional rhyme—to a vividly particularized world of prayers and crocodile earrings, spiritual longing and love-struck bees.”
    —Forrest Gander, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

    An award-winning translation of Hindi verses comp...

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  • Theft of a Tree

    Theft of a Tree

    A Tale by the Court Poet of the Vijayanagara Empire

    Nandi Timmana, Harshita Mruthinti Kamath, Velcheru Narayana Rao

    The first English translation of a thousand-year-old story of Krishna and his wife Satyabhama, retold by the most famous court poet of the Vijayanagara Empire.

    Legend has it that the sixteenth-century Telugu poet Nandi Timmana composed Theft of a Tree, or Pārijātāpaharaṇamu, to help the wife of Krishnadevaraya, king of the south Indian Vijayanagara Empire, win back her husband’s affections....

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  • The Sea of Separation

    The Sea of Separation

    A Translation from the Ramayana of Tulsidas

    Tulsidas, Philip Lutgendorf

    “This perceptive and accessible edition brings Tulsidas’s version [of the Ramayana], the most widely read across Northern India, to English-speaking audiences, giving readers a fresh glimpse into the tale’s impressive energy.”—Publishers Weekly

    Tulsidas’s Rāmcaritmānas, written in the sixteenth century in a literary dialect of classical Hindi, has become the most beloved retelling of the an...

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