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Maya and mind games

Wendy Doniger's book is an education for everyone, familiar and unfamiliar with India, looking to navigate the maze-like world of dreams and illusions

Dreams, Illusions, book cover

Arundhuti Dasgupta
Dreams, Illusions and other Realities
Author: Wendy Doniger
Publisher: Speaking Tiger
Pages: 360
Price: Rs 699

A frequently quoted aphorism in Sanskrit proclaims that the gods love conversing in riddles. Simple, direct speech does not quite make the cut; to be heard in the corridors of heaven, human beings must master the art of metaphor and recondite prose. And so, the reasoning follows, the ancients composed their myths, philosophical treatises and epic poetry to mimic a spider’s web, drawing the narrative yarn around ideas of illusion, reality, life and death in delicate, tangled loops.

The ancient Indian literary universe (oral and written) is often

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First Published: Jul 27 2023 | 9:08 PM IST

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