Intersecting Poetry and Contemporary Politics
Shamayita Sen
AFTER by Vivek Narayanan HarperCollins, New York, 2022, 612 pp., INR 899
September 2023, volume 47, No 9

Vivek Narayanan’s After should be a rewarding experience for scholars and sceptics alike. It opposes the singular reading of the Ramayana and is in fact inspired by the subversive undercurrents in Valmiki’s Ramayana.[1] It is not just a reimagination of the Ramayana, but is about what comes after, that is, the classical text’s social implication and political implementation in contemporary India.

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