Love Teaches Even Asses to Dance

An anthology of 52 essays with a thematic range spanning the sundry pleasures of the living world – classic and mundane, natural and man-made. Reading P.Raja’s essays –personal and serious – with sprinklings from the Bible, the Upanishads, the Puranas, the Mahabharata, Panchatantra, Thirukural, Indian and European History, and literary tomes is an enlightening experience.

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The book, Love Teaches Even Asses to Dance, is an anthology of 52 essays with a thematic range spanning the sundry pleasures of the living world – classic and mundane, natural and man-made. The blurb sums the motive beautifully: “As the writer sees the whole world in a dew drop balancing on the tip of a blade of grass, he feels like sharing his delight with his readers”…Love Teaches Even Asses to Dance, in all modesty, is reservoir of ancient Indian wisdom, and like a true artist Raja has done it without any ostentation.

– (Dr.Lipipuspa Nayak in Sunday Pioneer)

P.Raja, is by now a household name in English writing scene of Pondicherry, he being equally at home in almost all genres of writing – fiction, poetry, history, essays, translation, and criticism. This collection of essays portrays all these skills in turn. Sometimes poet, historian, story-teller, at times judge, comedian, spectator and most of the time observer and commentator, these essays prove his creative versatility… I once asked P.Raja what enabled him to regularly dish out his essays on the various aspects of life and he said it was because he was a “keen observer”. It is a true self-assessment. He has a rare ability to integrate life as he sees it, with his art of writing. The words he uses are a tool to involve us on his journey of discovery of the human sensibilities.

– (Maria Netto in Poet)

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