Kalidasa, the Sanskrit poet, is famous for his imagery. When translating his works, the difficulty for the translator would lie in trying to retain the imagery more than finding the equivalent word. In a simple and unassuming manner, AND Haksar manages just that. He successfully creates the mood all over again in the 21st century for English speaking readers.
Haksar’s language is simple and his approach straightforward, as has been his style in many works of translation. The translation keeps the verse format of the original. When Haksar translated Raghuvamsam, he kept in mind the grandeur the poet was trying to convey, the regal and righteous aura that surrounded the kings. In Ritusamharam, his style is in consonance with the mood of Kalidasa. Ritusamharam finds the poet painting a visual landscape and introducing characters to help the reader relate to the landscape. Chandra Rajan, in The Loom of Time, says that there is a metaphysical underpining to the poem, and the very title is indicative of that.
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