Books The Birth Of Kumara by Kalidasa Hardcover, 360 pages, New York Univ Pr, List Price: $22 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Birth Of KumaraAuthorKalidasa Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers NPR Summary In this fifth-century Sanskrit epic, a son of the god Shiva and the goddess Parvati must be born to defeat the demon Taraka. This edition is translated by David Smith. Genres: Nonfiction Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about The Birth Of Kumara iStockphoto.com hide caption toggle caption You Must Read This Cosmic Love: A Sensual Sanskrit Epic Revived November 5, 2012 The great Sanskrit epic The Birth of Kumara details the heavenly lovemaking of Shiva and Parvati. Author Aatish Taseer tells how reading the fifth-century epic connected him to classical India. What work of literature brought you closer to home? Tell us in the comments.