• Forthcoming book: “Living Mantra: Mantra, Deities and Visionary Experience Today.” Palgrave-Macmillan, Jan 2019.
  • Review of New & Selected Poems (Poetrywala) in Indian Literature (pp.206-209, Issue 297, March 2017.
  • A conversation with Devdutt Pattanaik about the Gita at Bangalore Literary Festival (Dec 2015), see here
  • Preface to new book-translation of Andal (by Priya Sarukkai-Chabria and Ravi Shankar, Zubaan Books, read and/or download here
  • Interview in Open Road Review, read here
  • Recent article in new indian express, ‘gita is not a decree’ – read here
  • Buy new poetry book on amazon india here


  • “Sing to Me” from the Anomalous Chapbook Contest Notable manuscript, read here.
  • “Poem, Sisyphus” in Omniverse, read here.
  • Poems from Ghostmasters, read in Almost Island here.
  • Postcard Aphrodite”first published in Colorado Review and “Fêted” first published in Interim read in Big Bridge anthology online here
  • Poem-essay on Lorine Niedecker’s work/ life via select fragments from her poems, in Dukool,  here.
  • “Ding Dong Bell,” “Peace Treaty” and “Illiad Blues” in Mascara here
  • “Father’s Day” in Cordite here
  • Various poems in Softblow here and here
  • Various poems in Sangam House here

For more poems from previous books, see ‘books’ tab, or publications list in the ‘bio’ tab, The “New and Selected Poems” book released in India by Poetrywala has a selection from across my books, see this link

recent books:

Bhagavad Gita – A new release including Ishavasya Upanishad. Just out from Fingerprint press, India. Available online at Flipkart, Crossword and in many stores. This is an Indian subcontinent edition only. (For the USA and Canada edition, please order directly from (and support) independent publisher Autumn Hill Books, see books page for links).

New FP Gita


New & Selected Poems –Available worldwide online direct from the publisher, Poetrywala: click here. Also available in select stores in India– Mumbai: Kitabkhana. Bangalore: Atta Galatta. Hyderabad: Bookpoint.
Poetrywala book


Kalidasa for the 21st Century Reader shortlisted for the Lucien Stryk Prize in translation. Winner will be announced on October 28th, 2015. Read more from the ALTA website here. Excerpt from the introduction to this book out in 19 Sep 2015, read here. INTERVIEWS: Pune MirrorKitaab. Podcast interview with Shoba Narayan on why Kalidasa matters and is so much fun, watch here. See books page for excerpts.

Kalidasa cover


Echolocation. A new edition of this book released by Math Paper Press, Singapore, in 2014. Buy online here. (For the original silver-bound gift edition of 2003, see the books page).
Echolocation MPP cover



  • “A Brief History of the Bhagavad Gita’s Canonization” in Religion Compass. (Email Mani for a pdf if you do not have access to Wiley).
  • “Writing to Stop.” Read in 91st Meridien.
  • “Automatic Writing – Real, Surreal, Hyper-real” in Fulcrum 7. Download pdf here.
  • “Repetitiveness in Gita translations.” Read in eXchanges.
  • Translator’s Note on the Gita translation. Read in eXchanges.
  • “Stretch.”  XCP. Download pdf here.
  • “Halloween” in Dimsum. Download pdf here.
  • “Decoding Augustine via Saussure.” In-Between Journal of Literary Criticism. Download pdf here.
  • “Caterpillar to Butterfly: Thoreau’s dietary journey.” Thoreau Society Bulletin. Read here.
  • Review of Arvind K. Mehrotra’s Songs of KabirTranslation Review (Vol 83, Issue 1, 2012). Download pdf here.
  • Review of Mohammad A Quayum’s Rabindranath Tagore: Selected Short Stories. Cha (Mar 2012, Issue 16.) Read here.



Mani Rao is the author of eight poetry books, and two books in translation — The Bhagavad Gita, and Kalidasa for the 21st Century Reader. Her poems and essays are published in journals including Tinfish, Wasafiri, Meanjin, Washington Square, Fulcrum, West Coast Line, and Interim, and in various anthologies.