Spring, Heat, Rains
A South Indian Diary
"Reading David Shulman's South Indian diary magically transports the reader inside the head of a true genius--poet, scholar, Israeli activist, anthropologist of India, historian of religions, philologist, philosopher, translator of texts, and so much more. The book is an unprecedented mix of fieldwork notes, records of intimate conversations with unknown villagers and famous scholars, meditations on Indian religion and Israeli war. It takes us deep into a life in which all of these are profoundly integrated, so that the Israeli war makes us understand the visit to the god in the temple, and the chanting of the priests makes us understand the nature of deep friendships. An unforgettable, beautiful, compelling book. Once you pick it up, you cannot put it down."
Appendix: Nala and the Naishadhiya-carita
Selected Dramatis Personae