Poet-Diplomat Abhay K’s New Book Is On Nalanda
NEW DELHI (ANI) – Poet-diplomat Abhay K’s book ‘Nalanda’, the acquisition of which has been announced by Penguin Random House India, delves into the history of the ancient seat of learning in Bihar.
The book is highly anticipated book with readers expecting to be taken on an enlightening journey through time and history. It will be released in October.
Nalanda offers a vivid and passionate account of the remarkable story of one of the world’s greatest centers of knowledge and learning. The writer weaves together historical facts and a narrative flair to transport readers to the prehistoric city of Rajgir, the birthplace of Brihadratha and Jarasandha, which later evolved into the powerful empire of Magadh.
It also uncovers the extraordinary journey of the fabled Mahavihara of Nalanda–the world’s first university. From its inception to its unfortunate destruction and its subsequent resurrection in the 21st century as Nalanda University, the book unravels the extraordinary tale of this iconic institution.
Furthermore, it also explores the invaluable contributions made by luminaries from Nalanda who revolutionized various fields, such as mathematics, philosophy, poetry, logic, and more.
While the book will resonate with readers from all domains, offering them a fascinating glimpse into the past, it will also delight history enthusiasts interested in ancient civilizations, and individuals eager to delve into the fascinating story of Nalanda and its significance in the world’s educational and intellectual history.
The author says, “Nalanda played a vital role as an ancient center for learning in spreading knowledge across the world.”
Abhay K is the author of several poetry books, including Celestial, Stray Poems, Monsoon, The Magic of Madagascar, and The Alphabets of Latin America. He is also the editor of half a dozen books including The Book of Bihari Literature.
His poems have appeared in over a hundred literary magazines, including the Poetry Salzburg Review and Asia Literary Review. His poem ‘Earth Anthem’ has been translated into over 150 languages.
He was invited to record his poems at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC, in 2018. His translations of Kalidasa’s Meghadutam and Ritusamharam from Sanskrit won him the KLF Poetry Book of the Year Award (2020-21).