Rasāla publishes India’s most beautiful forgotten poems in translation.  These elegant volumes of Sanskrit poetry, accompanied by contemporary English translations, allow the general reader to enjoy ancient India as imagined by her poets.

Each book tends to have just one short poem, or carefully selected excerpts from larger works, to allow the reader to better digest the poetry. The works selected have for the most part unjustifiably disappeared from view over the last century or two and are all but inaccessible even in the original, let alone in translation.

Our books are intended primarily for the general reader, both in India and beyond, rather than for the scholarly community. In many cases, though, further notes for the specialist can be freely downloaded from this website, alongside other extra material which couldn’t be included in the books such as images and photographs.

Each Rasāla book will soon be available as an eBook, in EPUB and MOBI formats, and compatible with almost every eReading device or smart phone.

Our books are licensed under the Creative Commons copyright to enable as wide a dissemination as possible. Read more about Creative Commons