The lively stories in this book capture the magic and wonder of six great works from the golden ages of Sanskrit and Tamil Literature: KalidasaÃ¢â¬â¢s Abhijnanashakuntalam, the great saga of forgotten love between Shakuntala and the kind Dushyanta; ShudrakaÃ¢â¬â¢s Mrichchakatika, the epic romance between the impoverished Charudatta and the courtesan Vasantasena, played out against a backdrop of political intrigue and mystery. BhavabhutiÃ¢â¬â¢s Uttararamacharita, the compelling retelling of the story of Rama and Sita. Illanko AdigalÃ¢â¬â¢s Silappadikaram, the tale of the epic revenge executed by the strong and beautiful Kannagi. SattanarÃ¢â¬â¢s Manimekalai, the quest of an extraordinary woman to master the truths that define our existence. BhasaÃ¢â¬â¢s Urubhangam, the stirring tale from the Mahabharata that culminates in the final battle between Duryodhana and Bheema at Kurukshetra. This is the ideal introduction to some of the best-known stories from the Indian classics with their eternal themes of love and betrayal, battles and feasts, valiant heroes, beautiful heroines, treacherous villains and loyal friends.