The Dark Age Ridiculed, by NÃlaÂ·kantha, Beguiling Artistry, by KshemÃ©ndra, The Hundred Allegories, by BhÃ¡llata
Written over a period of nearly a thousand years, these works show three very different approaches to satire. NÃlaÂ·kantha gets straight to the point: swindlers prey on stupidity.
The artistry that beguiles KshemÃ©ndra is as varied as human nature and just as fallible. We are off to a gentle start SanctimoniousÂreally no more than a warm-up among vicesâbut soon graduate to Greed and Lust. From there it's downhill all the way, as unfaithfulness leads on to fraud, and drunkenness to depravity; deception and quackery bring up the rear. What's this at the very end? Virtue? A late arrival, pale and unconvincing.
This volume presents three Indian satirists with three different strategies: in the ninth century C.E., BhÃ¡llata sought vengeance on his boorish new king by producing vicious sarcastic verse, âThe Hundred Allegories;â in the eleventh century, KshemÃ©ndra presents himself as a social reformer out to shame the complacent into compliance with Vedic morality; and in the seventeenth century little can redeem the fallen characters NÃlaÂ·kantha portrays, so his duty is simply to warn about the corruption of every social type.
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