Sing to Me 

Recent Work Press, Australia 2019. Part of the Chapbook series of IPSI (International Poetry Studies Institute), Canberra.

Sing to Me is a collection of poems prompted by classical Greek narratives in such sources as Homer, Hesiod and Ovid. IPSI (International Poetry Studies Institute, Uni of Canberra. Order online from the publisher here. Order in India for special prices from Book Depository here.


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Living Mantra : Mantra, Deity and Visionary Experience Today.

Contemporary Anthropology of Religion, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

Living Mantra is an anthropology of mantra-experience among Hindu-tantric practitioners. The book interrogates not only theoretical questions, but also those a practitioner would ask: how does one choose a deity, for example, or what might bind one to a guru? Rao breaks fresh ground in redirecting attention to the moments that precede systematization and canon-formation, showing how authoritative sources are formed. More information here.

  • (Essay) “The Experience of Srividya at Devipuram” in Religions (2019) 10(1), 14. Read here.
  • Interview by Dr. Raj Balkaran for New Books Network, listen here.
  • Conversation with Chitra Mahesh at Hindu Lit for Life 2019, see here.
  • Article in Open Magazine on how mantra-practitioners tell if a vision is real. Read here.
  • Excerpt featured in The Hindu’s Speaking Tree, 16 Sep 2019, see here.

Available worldwide from the publisher Palgrave and other booksellers.

India edition – a special price for India buyers only, here.

To find a library copy, see WorldCat here.

Poet, translator and scholar based in India, writing in English.