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  • Vivekacandrodaya-Naka of iva-Kavi by K. V. SarmaReview by: E. B.Journal of the American Oriental Society, Vol. 88, No. 2 (Apr. - Jun., 1968), p. 373Published by: American Oriental SocietyStable URL: .Accessed: 15/06/2014 12:12

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  • Brief Reviews of Books 373

    and learning of Indian languages. The work, car- ried out under the auspices of the Educational Re- sources Center and the American Institute of Indian Studies will meet a long-felt need. Dr. Pattanayak plans to annotate the entries in the final edition.

    (E. B.)

    A Course X Urdu. By M. A. R. BARKER AND H. J. HAMDANI, K. M. SHAFI DIHLAVI and SHAFIQUR RAHMAN. Vol. I (Units 1-15), pp. 497; Vol. II (Units 16-25), pp. 569; Vol. III (five appendices, index and map) Pp. iv + 225. Montreal: MCGILL UNIVERSITY PRESS. 1967. $16.00. This work was initiated under the sponsorship of the British Council, the Ford Foundation, and the University of the Pun- jab, continued at the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, and concluded through support from the United States Office of Education, Depart- ment of Health, Education and Welware. An excel- lent presentation. The language is treated in detail against its proper cultural background. Grammati- cal examples (including the dialogues and essays) are ample and the explanation of function and usage lucid. The description of the Urdu (or Nastflik) script is clear and the calligraphy grace- ful and attractive to the eye. Suggested for a one- year, intensive course of approximately ten class- room-hours per week, with added work in the labo- ratory. (The dialogues, essays and phonological drills are available on tape), the materials can be reduced and adjusted to particular needs. Dr. Barker and his associates are to be congratulated for an impressive performance. (E. B.)

    Buddhism or Communism: Which Holds the Future of Asia? By ERNST BENZ. Translated from the Ger- man by RICHARD and CLARA WINSrON. Pp. xiv + 185. New York: DOUBLEDAY AND COMPANY (AN- CHIOR Booxs). 1965. $0.95. The original was pub- lished in 1963 under the title Buddhas Wiederkehr And die Zukunft Asiens. In this, the result of his researches in South- and Southeast Asia, Dr. Benz examines the revival of Buddhism and the prospect of its influence on the contemporary Asian scene.

    (E. B.)

    The Monsoon Lands of Asia. By R. R. RAWSON. Pp. 256. Chicago: ALDINE PUBLISHING COMPANY. 1967. A paper-back reprint. The hardcover edition was published in 1963. (E. B.)

    Twilight in Delhi. By ArMED ALm. Pp. viii + 290 (2nd rev. ed.) Neew York: Oxroun UNivEnsrry PREss. 1966. $3.60. A second, revised edition, with an introduction, of the novel which was first published by the Hogarth Press in 1940. This book, the plot of which deals with Muslim life in Delhi in the early 1900's, gained its author his first critical recognition. (E. M. Forster realized its merit when he read the typescript and influenced its publica- tion.) A milestone in Anglo-Muslim writing.


    The Vdlmiki-Rdmdyata. Oritical Edition. Vol. V. Ssndarakdnda. Edited by G. C. JHALA. Pp. Xva+ lvii + 496. Baroda: ORIENTAL INSTITUTE. 1966. The 29 mss. utilized for this edition indicate two clear recensions-a Southern and a Northern, the latter subdividing into a Northwestern, Northeast- ern and a Western. Professor Jhala notes that, while the mss. of the Southern recension are in agreement as to the extent of this Knida, (i. e., the beginning and the ending), the mss. of the Northern recension vary. He has concluded that the Southern Recension represents its true limits. The scholarship maintains the highest standards set by Professor Jhala's predecessors and partici- pants in this monumental task. We are saddened by the news of Professor Govindlal H. Bhatt's death. The Oriental Institute is fortunate to be able to call to its service as the new General Editor and Head of the Rammyana Department the distin- guished scholar Dr. Umakant Premnand Shah.

    (E. B.

    The Audumbaras. By K.ALYAN KUMAR DASGUPTA. Pp. xv + 42; 6 plates. (Calcutta Sanskrit College Re- search Series No. XLIV. Studies No. 26.) Cal- cutta: SANSKRIT COLLEGE. 1965. Rs. 4.00. In this essay, a segment of his "Tribal Coins of An- cient India (2nd century B. c.-4th century A. D.) ," the author conducts an exhausive examination of literary and numismatic materials to reconstruct the historical status of the Audumbaras, an ancient tribe of northern India, whose antiquity he traces back to the eighth century, B.C. (E. B.)

    Viv'ekaeandrodaya-Ndtaka of Oiva-Kavi. Edited by K. V. SARMA. (Vishveshvaranand Indological Series, 37). Pp. xviii + 40. floshiarpur: VISHVESIIVARANAND INSTITUTE. 1966. Rs. 5.00. A drama in Sanskrit and Prakrit constructed on two levels--the one plot derived from the Puranic account of the svayarp- vara of Rukminl, princess of Vidarbha, with Krtisa, Lord of DvAraka, and the sub-plot, functioning as an allegory elucidating the principles of good gov- ernment and administration. This edition is based on one manuscript, dated Saxpvat 1819 (-Aaka 1685, A. D. 1763). "It piques one's curiosity to note that in every one of the contexts where the name of the poet's patron should normally occur in the drama the manuscript shows, instead, a gap. . . . A likely explanation would be that the poet had not yet dedicated his work to any royal patron and, perhaps, even not decided upon the person to whom such dedication should be made" (p. xv). Inspiration, it seems, has its price; any patron can pay. (E. B.)

    PrahastikahiMa of BalakrSnta Trip4thin. Critically edited with introduction by K. V. SARMA. (Vishvesh- varanand Indological Series, 39). Pp. xxv + 60. H~oshiarpur: VISIHVESIHVARANAND INSTITUTE. 1967. Rs. 6.00. Shri Sarma, who based this critical edi- tion on eleven manuscripts, suggests the composi- tion of this work to the time-span 1600-1675 A. D.

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