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Last Updated : 23 June 2024, 01:42 IST

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Celebrated author Vikram Seth has come out with a translation of the Hanuman Chalisa, his first new work in over a decade. The Hanuman Chalisa by Tulsidas is one of the best-loved hymns and poems ever. Many millions recite it by heart—in times of joy or sorrow, success or distress, and when they need courage. Its words and music are designed to lift the spirits of both the believer and non-believer. Vikram Seth—as acclaimed and popular a poet as he is a novelist—spent some years translating this beloved classic into English, in rhyme and metre. The result is a translation with the original Awadhi’s magical incantatory quality. This is the first-ever literary translation of the Chalisa. The bilingual edition has the original verses in Devanagari and Roman script alongside the English translations. It also features title calligraphy by the author.

Vikram Seth is the author of three novels—The Golden Gate (a novel in verse), A Suitable Boy and An Equal Music—which are widely regarded as modern classics—and two works of non-fiction. He has also written seven books of poetry, including the bestselling All You Who Sleep Tonight and Beastly Tales from Here and There.

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Published 23 June 2024, 01:42 IST

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