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.
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)