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Speaking Tiger announces Vikram Seth’s translation of 'The Hanuman Chalisa' in an elegant bilingual edition!

13 June 2024, New Delhi:

Speaking Tiger Books is delighted to announce the publication of Vikram Seth’s masterly translation of the Hanuman Chalisa, his first new work in over a decade.


The Hanuman Chalisa of Tulsidas is one of the best-loved hymns and poems of all time. Many millions recite it by heart—in times of joy or sorrow, success or distress, and when they are in need of courage. Its words and music are designed to lift the spirits of both the believer and non-believer. Vikram Seth—as acclaimed and popular a poet as he is a novelist—spent some years translating this beloved classic into English, in rhyme and metre. The result is a flawless translation which has the magical incantatory quality of the original Awadhi. Millions can now recite this first ever literary translation of the Chalisa in English. This elegant bilingual edition has the original verses in Devanagari and Roman script alongside the English translations.


Featuring title calligraphy by Vikram Seth himself, the book will be available from 28 June 2024. It is a book for a lifetime—to be bought for oneself, and to gift.


One of the most celebrated writers of our time, Vikram Seth is the author of three novels—The Golden Gate (a novel in verse), A Suitable Boy and An Equal Music—which are widely regarded as modern classics—and two works of non-fiction. He has also written seven books of poetry, including the bestselling All You Who Sleep Tonight and Beastly Tales from Here and There.


ISBN: 9978-93-5447-859-8| Format: Hardback | Pages: 104 | Price: INR 399




Speaking Tiger Books is an independent publishing company based in New Delhi. Founded in September 2014, the company publishes a diverse list comprising quality fiction and non-fiction from South Asia and the rest of the world. The list includes veterans and exciting new voices—among them, Nayantara Sahgal, Shanta Gokhale, Jerry Pinto, Wendy Doniger, Upamanyu Chatterjee, Mark Tully, Ravish Kumar, Ruskin Bond, Nandita Haksar, Harsh Mander, Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar, Mamang Dai, Salma, Easterine Kire, Gulzar, Madhavi Menon, Swapna Liddle, Devaki Jain, Selma Carvalho and Omair Ahmad. Its authors have won or been on the shortlists of almost all major literary prizes, including the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Crossword Book Award, the Hindu Literature Prize, the DSC Prize, the JCB Prize and the Tata Literature Live Awards.   

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