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The Courtesan’s Keeper

The Courtesan’s Keeper

Samaya Matrika

Kshemendra
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This feast of smiles was put together giving the secret strategies
and all the tricks of courtesans
One of Kshemendra’s finest satires, The Courtesan’s Keeper is a
delightful and rambunctious rendition of the life and times of the
courtesan Kankali as she teaches the ways of the world to her ward
Kalavati. From the attractive courtesan and her shrewd keeper to the
experienced barber and the avaricious trader, the book brings to life
the vibrant society of Kashmir Valley a thousand years ago through a
host of characters, each drawn in vivid detail. With its terse narrative,
directness and economy of style, and fast-paced action, the book is
fully suited for the twenty-first-century reader.

Imprint: Penguin Classics

Published: Feb/2014

ISBN: 9780143421474

Length : 200 Pages

MRP : ₹299

The Courtesan’s Keeper

Samaya Matrika

Kshemendra

This feast of smiles was put together giving the secret strategies
and all the tricks of courtesans
One of Kshemendra’s finest satires, The Courtesan’s Keeper is a
delightful and rambunctious rendition of the life and times of the
courtesan Kankali as she teaches the ways of the world to her ward
Kalavati. From the attractive courtesan and her shrewd keeper to the
experienced barber and the avaricious trader, the book brings to life
the vibrant society of Kashmir Valley a thousand years ago through a
host of characters, each drawn in vivid detail. With its terse narrative,
directness and economy of style, and fast-paced action, the book is
fully suited for the twenty-first-century reader.

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Kshemendra

Kshemendra lived in Kashmir circa 990-1070 CE. His literary output overat least three decades includes still - studied works on poetics and prosody, apart from devotional didactic verse, mordant social satire and a lost history of the kings of Kashmir. Eighteen of these works were recovered in the past century, and sixteen are known through citations. They have established Kshemendra as a prolific and multifaceted writer on a wide variety of subjects and an important name in classical Sanskrit literature.