The August edition of Public Texts features Jairam Ramesh with his latest work The Light of Asia: The Poem that Defined the Buddha. He will be in conversation with IIHS Director Aromar Revi.
About the book
The Light of Asia is an epic poem by Sir Edwin Arnold that was first published in 1879. It quickly became a huge sensation and has continued to resonate powerfully across the world over the last century and a half. Weaving together literary, cultural, political and social history, Jairam Ramesh uncovers and narrates the fascinating story of this deeply consequential and compelling poem that has shaped our thinking of an ancient sage and his teachings.