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Kalpish Ratna

Ishrat Syed and Kalpana Swaminathan write together as Kalpish Ratna - a near anagram of their names. The pseudonym translates, in a piquant meld of Persian and Sanskrit, as 'the pleasures of imagination'. Nyagrodha is their vision of the Panchatantra and their most recent book is an itinerant history of Bombay's epidemics: Uncertain Life and Sure Death.