Song of Kali

A chilling voyage into the squalor and violence of the human condition, this novel is considered by many to be the best work by the author of The Terror, who has been showered with accolades, including the Bram Stoker Award, the ...


Author: Dan Simmons

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781497634831

Category: Fiction

Page: 298

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The World Fantasy Award winner by the author of the Hyperion Cantos and Carrion Comfort: An American finds himself encircled by horrors in Calcutta. Praised by Dean Koontz as “the best novel in the genre I can remember,” Song of Kali follows an American magazine editor who journeys to the brutally bleak, poverty-stricken Indian city in search of a manuscript by a mysterious poet—but instead is drawn into an encounter with the cult of Kali, goddess of death. A chilling voyage into the squalor and violence of the human condition, this novel is considered by many to be the best work by the author of The Terror, who has been showered with accolades, including the Bram Stoker Award, the International Horror Guild Award, and the Hugo Award.

Horror Literature through History An Encyclopedia of the Stories that Speak to Our Deepest Fears 2 volumes

Seduced by the violent message of the Song of Kali, Luczak returns to Calcutta after burying his daughter, intending to kill everyone he blames for her death, but he overcomes the temptation. In 1977, Simmons spent ten weeks in India as ...


Author: Matt Cardin

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440842023

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 967

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This two-volume set offers comprehensive coverage of horror literature that spans its deep history, dominant themes, significant works, and major authors, such as Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, and Anne Rice, as well as lesser-known horror writers. • Describes horror literature during different periods, thus helping readers understand the roots of modern horror literature, how works of horror have engaged social issues, and how horror has evolved over time • Connects horror literature to popular culture through sidebars on film adaptations, television shows, video games, and other nonliterary, popular culture topics • Includes excerpts from selected literary works that exemplify topics discussed in the entries that support English language arts standards by enabling students to read these excerpts critically in light of the entries • Prompts students to consider the nature of horror as a genre, the relationship of horror literature and social issues, and how horror literature intersects with mainstream supernatural concerns, such as religion

Chasing the Avatar

(I was to learn that she demanded the fans because in the mood of Kali, she was always hot.) ... A thought shot through my head—She IS Kali! ... Once again the conch shells and bells began sounding as we sang a final song to Kali.


Author: Jovan Jones

Publisher: Destiny Image Publishers

ISBN: 9780768497731

Category: Avatars (Religion)

Page: 274

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Maya is a young woman with extraordinary prospects drowning in intense discontent. In the midst of this discontent, she meets Cha Ma, a guru. Immediately, she comes to believe that Cha Ma is an avatara human incarnationof the goddess Kali, the most malevolent, destructive of all Hindu deities. Spellbound, Maya runs off to India to live in Cha Mas ashram as a Hindu. Her choice hurls her parents, Paul and Marie, into a battle far beyond their wildest imagination for they must fight for their daughters life, and even her soul, as she teeters on the edge.

Song for Kali

Nirod Mazumdar (1916 1982), a painter whose own quest led him deep into the myths and values of his heritage, responded with visuals evoked by his passionate feeling for these fervid lyrics.


Author: Nirode Mazumdar


ISBN: UOM:39015051604125

Category: Drawing, Indic

Page: 53

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Ram Proshad (c. 1720 1781) is a much-loved, much-sung mystic poet of Bengal, whose violently intimate relationship with his goddess, the awesome Kali, inspired spiritual love poetry which lives and breathes on the skin. Nirod Mazumdar (1916 1982), a painter whose own quest led him deep into the myths and values of his heritage, responded with visuals evoked by his passionate feeling for these fervid lyrics. A bilingual Bengali-French edition emerged, with the Bengali poetry and a French translation by the artist and his wife, Marguerite, alongside the artist s drawings and paintings. Years later scholar-translator-critic Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, whose own emotional involvement with Ram Proshad s poetry has its roots in her Calcutta childhood, launched on a translation into English. Now this unusual collaboration across space and time is reborn as a rich volume of poetry and illuminations, which contains a facsimilie version of the original, poetry by Ram Proshad, the French by Nirode and Marguerite Mazumdar, the English translation by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, and visuals by Nirode Mazumdar. Nirode Mazumdar was a leading artist of Bengal, best known for his exploration of a fresh contemporay idiom rooted in Indian tradition. Marguerite Mazumdar, through years of living and working in Calcutta, has considerable experience in translating from Bengali into French. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is Avalon Foundation Professor in Humanities, Columbia University. She is well known for her translations from French and Bengali into English.

The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda Volume 7

After the song Swamiji entered his room and sat down with an occasional word like “Mother, Mother”, or “Kāli, Kāli”, on his lips. Uneasy at Swamiji's profoundly abstracted mood, the disciple said, “Now, sir, please speak with me.



Publisher: Advaita Ashrama (A publication branch of Ramakrishna Math, Belur Math)

ISBN: 9788175058682

Category: Religion


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Published by Advaita Ashrama, a publication house of Ramakrishna Math, Belur Math, this is Volume 7 of the nine volume series constituting 'The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda'. In these volumes we have not only a gospel to the world at large, but also, to its own children, the Charter of the Hindu faith. For the first time in history, Hinduism itself forms here the subject of generalization of a Hindu mind of the highest order. What Hinduism had needed was the organizing and consolidating of its own idea, a rock where she could lie at anchor, and an authoritative utterance in which she might recognise herself. What the world had needed was a faith that had no fear of truth. Both are found in the words and writings of Swami Vivekananda. It is the latest gospel of a modern Prophet of religion and spirituality to the mankind.

Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda

After the song Swamiji entered his room and sat down with an occasional word like "Mother, Mother", or "Kali, Kali", on his lips. Uneasy at Swamiji's profoundly abstracted mood, the disciple said, "Now, sir, please speak with me.


Author: Swami Vivekananda

Publisher: Partha Sinha


Category: Religion

Page: 2784

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Text from all nine volumes of Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda as well some unpublished material is available here. All proceeds are donated to Advaita Ashrama, India

White Saris and Sweet Mangoes

Patuas were previously very popular in Bengal; they traveled from village to village singing narrative songs illustrated by their scrolls, called pats, and they sold these scrolls in the markets around Calcutta's famous Kali temple at ...


Author: Sarah Lamb

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520935266

Category: Social Science

Page: 323

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This rich ethnography explores beliefs and practices surrounding aging in a rural Bengali village. Sarah Lamb focuses on how villagers' visions of aging are tied to the making and unmaking of gendered selves and social relations over a lifetime. Lamb uses a focus on age as a means not only to open up new ways of thinking about South Asian social life, but also to contribute to contemporary theories of gender, the body, and culture, which have been hampered, the book argues, by a static focus on youth. Lamb's own experiences in the village are an integral part of her book and ably convey the cultural particularities of rural Bengali life and Bengali notions of modernity. In exploring ideals of family life and the intricate interrelationships between and within generations, she enables us to understand how people in the village construct, and deconstruct, their lives. At the same time her study extends beyond India to contemporary attitudes about aging in the United States. This accessible and engaging book is about deeply human issues and will appeal not only to specialists in South Asian culture, but to anyone interested in families, aging, gender, religion, and the body.

South Asian Folklore

The second type of Śākta song is often termed Syāmāsangīt ( songs about Syāmā ) . Syāmā ( the Dark One ) is an epithet of Kālī , the terrifying black Goddess . The songs use imagery drawn from the activities of everyday life ...


Author: Peter Claus

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000101225

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 740

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With 600 signed, alphabetically organized articles covering the entirety of folklore in South Asia, this new resource includes countries and regions, ethnic groups, religious concepts and practices, artistic genres, holidays and traditions, and many other concepts. A preface introduces the material, while a comprehensive index, cross-references, and black and white illustrations round out the work. The focus on south Asia includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, with short survey articles on Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim, and various diaspora communities. This unique reference will be invaluable for collections serving students, scholars, and the general public.

Gates of Fire

When the impatience of the trapped audience had reached its peak he began his song , a salute to Kali , the goddess of destruction . The fidgeting stopped at once for Kali was dangerous ; her name was rarely mentioned in the houses of ...


Author: Elwyn M. Chamberlain

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 0938190202

Category: Fiction

Page: 324

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"Three young Americans smuggle a million hits of LSD into India for Reasons both idealistic and venal . . . sweeping mystical enlightenment, compelling characters... Brilliant writing in this rather spooky and very sexy first novel." - Detroit Free Press

A Twisted Shade of Green

“In fact, I was thinking of making “At Last” our song!” Kali's face is encircled with the look of mortification all over it, as she processes Glen's words to heart. “You must forgive these words which escape my lips, ...


Author: Eloise Epps MacKinnon

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781546249979

Category: Fiction

Page: 220

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Love Conquers All! Kali Mathias knew that, being cursed with a beauty like hers, it was less likely for a man’s eye to want a second glimpse of her. That is, not until the day her eye rested upon Mr. Glen Monroe—the one man who would not easily be had. A woman needed an exclusive invitation to taste the passion that awaited them inside Glen’s empire. It was a colorful world of green where a taste of love portrayed revenge, deceit, and lust and where a beautiful woman could partake of such pleasures. Glen and Kali were both undergoing a broken heart at the hands of a twisted shade of green when they first met. Glen got Kali, and Kali got Glen. Kali thought she would never be acceptable. She was not slim enough, not tall enough, or pretty enough to please a man. On the other hand, Glen knew he was more than enough; he was handsome and breathtaking at the same time. He was more than enough for any woman to behold. Regardless of that discord, they both confusingly questioned their faith in God and opted for a doltish lifestyle. Hers based on a lustful appetite; his based on revenge. Glen’s faith was almost null to the point where he believed that all he had was enough to get him through life. And Kali, on the other hand, had the notion God just wasn’t working fast enough—not quicker than her cash. Glen and Kali were two lost people trying to survive in a world minus a heavenly net—God! They lost their way, but God never forgot them. He defeated the hands of Satan by refuting a pair of wrongful eyes from an unjust sight of Kali in the arms of another man. God embodied Kali with a heart of compassion to forgive Glen, flaws and all. Instead, God turned one date between two total opposite hearts into one that required each other to be alive in the midst of any storm. Also, God taught both Glen and Kali a lesson. He taught her to realize that not everything had a price tag, not real love! And he taught him that even love can conquer the grips of a heart’s revenge!