- Series: Mandala Classics
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Mandala Publishing (March 26, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1601091028
- ISBN-13: 978-1601091024
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ganesha Goes to Lunch: Classics from Mystic India (Mandala Classics) Paperback – March 25, 2007
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She returned to India (1974-78), was a freelance writer for The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, and The Tribune, and taught English Literature at Delhi University. Her poetry and short stories were published in the original English and in Hindi and Punjabi translation in journals and magazines. In 1977, she won two prestigious Indian National Awards, The Sultan Padamsee Award for Playwriting in English. Her full length play, The Curlew's Cry, a bi-lingual play, was produced by Yatrik, New Delhi. A Punjabi translation of her play, Clytemnestra was produced by The Company in Chandigarh. Her award-winning Zanana, was produced at the National School of Drama, New Delhi. Seven of her plays were published in Enact, New Delhi.
Since 1985, Ms Kapur has been commuting between the USA and India. Her full length plays, Hamlet's Father, Kepler Dreams, and Clytemnestra were showcased at the Marin Shakespeare Festival in San Francisco, Gas Lamp Quarter Theatre in San Diego, and Dramatic Risks Theatre Group in New York, respectively. She was selected by the New Mexico Arts Division as the Playwright in Residence for two years. Five of her short stories have been published in Parabola (New York) and two in the anthology,The Inner Journey: Views from the Hindu Tradition (2007). She has recently completed her first novel, The Autobiography of Saint Padma the Whore, a chapter of which was published by in Our Feet Walk The Sky (Aunt Lute Press, Berkeley, California, USA), and a fantasy novel, Malini in Whirlwood.
Ms. Kapur has published two books of poetry: the critically acclaimed, As A Fountain In A Garden (Tarang Press.Del Mar,CA,USA-Hemkunt Publishers Private, Ltd., India, 2005) and Radha Sings (Rolling Drum and Dark Child Press, USA, 1987). Her poetry has also appeared in Yellow Silk (Berkeley, California), Journal of Literature and Aesthetics (Kerala), and the anthology, Our Feet Walk The Sky (Aunt Lute Press, Berkeley, California, USA).
Ms. Kapur was on the faculty of Grossmont College in San Diego, California for 18 years and taught creative writing courses in play writing, poetry, creative non-fiction, fiction, and courses in mythology, Shakespeare, and Women's Literature. She lives half the year in a remote Kullu Valley in the Himalayas and the other half in California, with her husband Payson R. Stevens.
Top Customer Reviews
The Bharatiya (Indian) tradition thrives on stories passed on from generation to generation. Each generation adds its own experience to knowledge and reinterprets the understanding passed to them. The Hindu myths by their very nature don't have absolutes. They represent Gods or men trapped in their vices, roused or limited by their virtues, acting in response to the demands that existence as humans on earth demands from us. The attempt is to create examples as prototypes to deal with contradictions and complexities that daily strife, be it in war, peace, family matters, need, greed, valor, and amorous desires lead us to. This had lead to several epics about avataars or incarnations, and as humans Gods lead exemplary lives, faulting at times, and suffering for them. In Kamla's collection, the gems from the boundless sea of folklore are picked, polished and repackaged to lure Western audiences as well as those Indian readers who have learned most from English education and English Literature.
The book has a number of pictures and illustrations, which allow a non-Indian reader to visualize the God or character in question. We Indians grow up with these tales, and somehow we imbibe their lessons into our being without realizing when or how.Read more ›
A wonderful and imaginative journey with the power to inform, inspire and - ultimately transform the reader. Thank you, Kamla Kapur for the (wild elephant) ride!
Her writing is clear and fragrant as fresh jasmine growing along the Ganges on a spring morning. Highly Recommend!!
DJ Martin - Mission Enlightenment Foundation
Having met the author both in California and Himachal Pradesh northern India and gotten a sense of her character I am not at all surprised that she has captured so well the significance as well as the humor contained in these stories, which originally were told to her by her own parents. Although her own religious background is Sikhism (a wonderful expression of which is found in her more recent book The Singing Guru) she has shown an impressive breadth in tackling the Hindu Ganesha's stories as well as the Sufi tradition in her earlier book Rumi's Tales from the Silk Road." I highly recommend them all and hope that she is encouraged to continue her path of exploring other subjects in this clear and engaging way.
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Loved it - read it in one sitting, then went back and read my favorite bits. The imagery is powerful and esoteric, full of layers of meaning, pervasive with love and compassion. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Beautiful book but the print is unusually small.Iadmit my eyes aren't great but even with my prescription glasses the print is still difficult to manage.Published 6 months ago by Bunne
I enjoyed it but it seemed simplistic. I was aiming for a more educational book on Ganesha. But it was a fun story.Published 7 months ago by Cynthia Eppler
Light and happy with unlimited depth that will take you as deep as you want to go. A wonderful experience, best book I read in years.Published 7 months ago by mike smith
I adored this book! Suddenly I saw ancient India full of marvels like flying party space craft, magical lessons that the gods, themselves learn and show us, drama, contentment and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Christen