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Andal: The Autobiography of a Goddess characters ê eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ✓ Eighth century Tamil poet and founding saint Andal is believed to have been found as a baby underneath a holy basil plant in the temple garden of Srivilliputhur As a young woman she fell deeply in love with Lord Vishnu composAl and spiritual verse by shifting it into a new contemporary poetic idiom in English Many of Andal’s pieces are translated collaboratively giving readers multiple perspectives on the rich sonic and philosophical complexity of classical Tamil Andal The Autobiography of a Goddess is a powerful expression of female sexuality in the Indian spiritual tradition one newly available to a general readership in this fresh new translatio. loved the juxtaposition of how two modern voices have brought alive the very powerful works of Andal for the non tamil speaking world The work has left me curiously hungry for of this genre

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Ents her status as the South Indian corollary to Mirabai the saint and devotee of Sri Krishna The collection includes the Thiruppavai a song still popular in congregational worship thirty pasuram stanzas sung before Lord Vishnu and the less translated rapturously erotic Nacchiyar Thirumoli Priya Sarrukai Chabria and Ravi Shankar serve as master translators for the volume employing a radical new method for that revitalizes classic. This is a remarkable book of translated or perhaps trans rendered poems by a girl who turned into a Goddess The translations are done separately as well as jointly by two different translators with remarkably different interpretations of what seems to be a very complex text in a form of Tamil that predates most Sanskrit literature I urge this book upon all readers but especially those who are interested in ancient Indian literature mythology and translated verse

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Andal The Autobiography of a GoddessEighth century Tamil poet and founding saint Andal is believed to have been found as a baby underneath a holy basil plant in the temple garden of Srivilliputhur As a young woman she fell deeply in love with Lord Vishnu composing fervent poems and songs in his honor and according to custom eventually marrying the god himself The Autobiography of a Goddess is Andal’s entire corpus composed before her marriage to Vishnu and it cem. The Autobiography of a Goddess is absolutely enchanting Suffused with sensuality solemnity with myth and music with fragrances and rapture it reads like a trance Priya Sarukkai Chabria and Ravi Shankar present a stellar multi faceted dizzying translation tackled through their personal lens allowing for the different angles of Andal's poetry to shine through Thoughtful they provide the neophyte reader with a clear beautifully written introduction to Andal's life and poetry and preface each poem with a short insight which allow everyone to catch the secret sometimes obscure gems of Andal's writing Concluded with a poem by Andal's adoptive father which throws light on the narrative behind Andal's garland of poems this book is extensive exhaustive clear as a bellAs a translator myself kind of I particularly appreciate the explanation and the work of translation themselves Priya and Ravi infuse their own art into their interpretation of Andal both strikingly different and talented poets both strikingly different readers as well as their translations show but pouring forth love admiration and beautiful insight answering the tacit agreement of intimacy and faithfulness between a translator and an author; not only that but they take the time to explain their choices and the original structure of their volume to their readers This attention to detail and to the work of translation itself is absolutely lovely To allow for a exhaustive understanding of Andal's subtle dizzying writing Priya and Ravi opted for a fascinating structure they both translated most poems in the book so that the reader can enjoy two interpretations of one poem or opted for a blend of their poetry in translating some poems together thus enriching their own styles and interpretations A must read for sure I was allowed to discover and fall in love with Andal thanks to Priya and Ravi's art and work The Autobiography of a Goddess is one of the most beautiful books of poetry and the most beautiful work of translation I have ever read