Arvind Krishna Mehrotra is the author of four books of poetry, the editor of The Oxford India Anthology of Twelve Modern Indian Poets and Collected Poems in English by Arun Kolatkar, and the translator of The Absent Traveller: Prakrit Love Poetry. A volume of his essays, Partial Recall: Essays on Literature and Literary History will be published in 2011. He is a professor of English at the University of Allahabad and lives in Allahabad and Dehra Dun.
“Listen carefully,/Neither the Vedas/Nor the Qur’an/Will teach you this…” So begins a poem by Kabir, the legendary mystic who drew on the varied traditions of mediaeval India to create some of the most lasting verses in world literature. Indian poet and literary critic Arvind Krishna Mehrotra here offers new translations and scholar Wendy Doniger places them in historical context.