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This page is provided chiefly as an information service, and is generally limited to those indological books listed by Amazon. Click on a title to transfer to the Amazon websites, where you can find out more details about the book, and where you may even buy the book if you wish.

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The books listed here and on Amazon are simply my personal choices.


1 Some recent and forthcoming indological publications















2 Old favourites


3 Teaching materials

  • [Sanskrit: an Easy Introduction to an Enchanting Language (SEL) by Ashok Aklujkar (Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia)]

    The SEL set is available from Svadhyaya Publications, 5346 Opal Place, Richmond, B.C., Canada V7C 5B4.

    An excerpt from the publisher's description:

    In considering the price, please take into account the quality, the long-term usefulness (SEL meets the students needs definitely beyond the first year or the introductory stage of learning), the nearly 700-page extent, the inclusion of five 90-minute cassettes OR two CDs with 450 minutes of recording and the inclusion of local taxes, handling and surface mail postage.

    Georg Feuerstein's remarks in his Recommendations for Learning Sanskrit Through Self-Study for Yoga Practitioners should be quoted in full:

    I remember eagerly awaiting the arrival of Prof. Ashok Aklujkar’s work Sanskrit: An Easy Introduction to an Enchanting Language, published in 2005 by Svadhyaya Publications, 5346 Opal Place, Richmond, B.C., Canada V7C 5B4. I thought that this course might be suitable for Yoga students who wish to acquaint themselves with Sanskrit at an introductory level. The author’s stated intent in producing this work was that it should be suitable for university students as well as autodidacts. The depth and breadth as well as the academic presentation of the course are, in my opinion, somewhat too demanding for self-study on a limited time budget. Many Yoga practitioners live busy lives and, in my experience, can seldom commit to an intensive language course. Many also require perhaps more handholding than a course intended primarily for university students can accommodate.

    This work comprises two large-size volumes in one and a third separate volume with a total of 608 pages) and five audio cassettes. The price is astonishingly low at CAN $70.00/US $70.00 (including shipping!), which I imagine barely covers printing and shipping. Prof. Aklujkar’s Sanskrit course, which was put together and is sold entirely as a service (Karma-Yoga) to others, represents a truly amazing scholarly achievement. Despite my above-mentioned reservations, there is no question in my mind that it is the single most outstanding Sanskrit grammar available today.

    Serious students of Sanskrit will find Prof. Aklujkar's work superior to other publications in terms of scope and detail. The author’s love for and also mastery of Sanskrit is evident from every page. My above concerns notwithstanding, I can highly recommend it both as a comprehensive grammar and as a reliable reference work to all those who can allocate sufficient time to learning another language. For home study, it would have been useful to include English translations of the many short Sanskrit excercises, so that students who do not have access to a teacher can readily check their attempts at rendering Sanskrit into English. Autodidacts can still benefit greatly from having this course on their shelves as a resource when other grammars prove incomprehensible or incomplete. It might even tempt them to allow more time for their studies and delve deeper into Sanskrit.

  • [Sanskrit Syntax]
    J. S. Speijer / Hardcover / repr. 1988

  • [Samskrtasubodhini : A Sanskrit Primer (Michigan Papers on South and Southeast Asia, No 47)]
    Madhav M. Deshpande / Hardcover / Published 1997

  • [Sanskrit]
    Dermot Killingley, Siew-Yue Killingley / Paperback / Published 1995

  • [Teach Yourself Sanskrit]
    Michael Coulson, et al / Paperback / Published 1992

  • [Sanskrit Grammar]
    William Dwight Whitney / Hardcover / Published 1989

  • [A Sanskrit Grammar for Students]
    Arthur Anthony MacDonell / Paperback / Published 1986

  • [Sanskrit Reader; Text and Vocabulary and Notes]
    Charles Rockwell Lanman / Hardcover / Published 1984

  • [Concise Elementary Grammar of the Sanskrit Language]
    Jan Gonda / Paperback / Published 1981

  • [The Sanskrit Language: an Introductory Grammar and Reader]
    Walter Harding Maurer / Hardback / Reprint 2000


4 Indologists' recreations


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