Kamla: Unraveling the mysteries of mystic India


Books by Kamla K Kapur

Kamla K. Kapur was born and raised in India and studied in the United States. Her writing has included plays, novels, poetry, essays and reimaging Indian spiritual writings.

Her critically acclaimed books, published in the USA and India, include: Rumi: Tales of the Spirit (Mandala USA, 2019) reinterpreting stories by Rumi (the great Sufi mystic poet) with her insightful commentaries, The Singing Guru, on the legends of Guru Nanak (Mandala, 2015), Rumi’s Tales from the Silk Road, Pilgrimage to Paradise (Mandala USA and Penguin India, 2009), and Ganesha Goes to Lunch: Classics from Mystic India (2007, Mandala) [also retitled Classic Tales from Mystic India, Jaico Publishing/India, 2013]. Her highly praised books of poetry include Gift Of Grief (Tarang Press, 2019, reprint of As A Fountain In A Garden, 2005) and Radha Sings: Erotic Love Poems (Tarang Press, 2019, reprint from1987).


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RUMI: Tales of the Spirit

Kamla has written an amazing book [in which] she shares Rumi’s untold stories combined with her own rich perspective- expanding commentaries, making them highly relevant to all of us, opening doors and windows in our minds through which we can glimpse a different, lighter, more joyous way of being and living.

Daniel Burrus, Author of New York Times best-seller Flash Foresight 

Rumi’s never-before-told stories coupled with KamlaKapur’s deep wisdom about the journey from suffering to peace provide us with an elegant road map. 

 Ken DruckPhD, Author of Courageous Aging and The Real Rules of Life

The Singing Guru

KamlaKapur has created a Sikh parallel of Homer’s Odyssey in the re-imagining of its founder’s spiritual journey, cleverly recounted in the voice of a mercurial acolyte.

Thomas Hoover, author of Zen Culture and The Moghul

Gift Of Grief/As A Fountain In A Garden

… a vivid collage of feelings – smooth, intense, personal . . . . Amidst misfortune, Kapur discovers the invincible human spirit.


Like her earlier book, Rahda Sings, these poems have a fearless and sensuous quality. Absence is made a presence through the language of poetry taking language where it has not been before. I do not remember ever reading poetry that dares to go where most poets have feared to go. This book creates poetry that is so stirring, so magnificent in its nobility and yet so sensuous in its presence.

Ashok Vijpayee, well-known Indian poet. 


A Statement from Kamla K. Kapur

“This book (The Singing Guru) is not a history of Guru Nanak’s life. It is a fictional rendering that includes some of the legends, folktales, and myths that have sprung up around him….
“These stories are fantastical. Fantasy is part of human reality, not only as an escape hatch from the pressures of the real world, but also because of its power to illuminate reality and reveal metaphysical and psychological truths.”

Media Contact

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