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 USA and Canada please order from Autumn Hill Books.

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.

Echolocation Click here to buy online from the publisher Math Paper Press >

Kalidasa for the 21st Century Reader. Available online on Amazon (USA, Canada, India) and many bookstores in India including Flipkart. Click here to buy from the publisher Aleph Books >

INTERVIEWS: Pune Mirror here. Read interview in Kitaab herePodcast interview with Shoba Narayan on why Kalidasa matters and is so much fun, watch here.

Read excerpts HERE>





  • “Sing to Me” and “Monkey Puzzle” from the manuscript selected as Anomalous Chapbook Contest Notable, read here.
  • “Poem, Sisyphus” in Omniverse, read here.

For poems from previous books, see ‘books’ tab, or publications list in the ‘bio’ tab


  • “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.
  • “Lorine Niedecker Condens.” Interim. 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 numerous poetry books and a translation of the Bhagavad Gita.