Let us start at the beginning… this blog is a commentary on commentaries, Sanskrit commentaries that is, but I will write in English, after all I am just a beginner. By writing about the process of reading two commentaries on Kālidāsa’s Meghadūta, I am hoping to accumulate some tactics, tips, and knowledge on how to approach Sanskrit commentaries in general.
The two different commentaries I am using are: Vallabhadeva’s Vivṛti from the 10th century as available in Hultzsch (1998) and Mallinātha as presented in Kale (19961):
Hultzsch, E (1998). Kālidāsa’s Meghadūta. Munshiram Manoharlal, New Dehli
Kale, M.R. (1961). The Megahadūta of Kālidāsa. Motilal Banarsidass. New Dehli (reprint 2008).
Apart from the actual commentaries (and the original of course) there will be a number of companions on this journey:
Bucknell, R. S (2006). Sanskrit Manual. Motilal Banarsidass. New Dehil (reprint).
MacDonell, A.A. (1971). Sanskrit Grammar. 3rd Edition, Oxford University Press, Oxford .
MacDonell, A. A. (1954). A practical Sanskrit Dictionary. Oxford University Press, Oxford Monier Williams Sanskrit Dictionary Online at http://www.sanskrit-lexicon.uni-koeln.de/mwquery/
Taylor, McComas. (2009). Little red book. 5th edition. ANU. Canberra
Tubb, G. A. and E. R. RBoose (2007). Scholastic Sanskrit – a manual for students. Colombia University, New York.
Whitney, W. D. (2006).The roots, verb-forms and primary derivatives of the Sanskrit language. Motilal Banarsidass, New Dehil (reprint).
Lastly I am also hoping there will be readers, you there… who will comment, help and suggest when I get into intractable problems – just like a certain yakṣa…