Translated from the Telugu by Velcheru Narayana Rao
In the novella Ha Ha Hu Hu: A Horse-headed God in Trafalgar Square, a creature with the head of a horse and the body of a human mysteriously appears in London one morning, causing considerable excitement and consternation among the city’s denizens. The second novella in this book is a satirical work titled Vishnu Sharma Learns English, in which a Telugu lecturer is visited in a dream by the medieval poet Tikanna and the ancient scholar Vishnu Sharma with an unusual request: they want him to teach them English. Rao’s translation is accompanied by an introduction and afterword that illuminate the author’s life and works.
Penguin India, 250 pages, Rs 399