Wendy Doniger

Wendy Doniger is the author of several translations of Sanskrit texts and books on Hinduism, which include the acclaimed bestsellers The Hindus: An Alternative History; Siva, the Erotic Ascetic; The Origins of Evil in Hindu Mythology and translations of the Rig Veda and the Kamasutra. She is currently the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago.

Favourite works


The Mahabharata; the Yogavasistha; A Passage To India; Midnight’s Children; Hamlet; Virginia Woolf’sOrlando.



Dogs and horses. I’ve always had a dog, and now have a 5-year-old golden retriever named Kim, after Kipling’s Kim, because he is ‘the little friend of all the world’ and golden retrievers are hopelessly friendly with everyone.

More about the Author


I’ve taught at the University of Chicago since 1978…