"The Little Clay Cart is, for Sanskrit theatre, atypically romantic, funny, and thrilling. This most human of Sanskrit plays is Shakespearean in its skilful drawing of characters and in the plot's direct clarity. One of the earliest Sanskrit dramas, Little Clay Cart was created in South India, perhaps in the seventh century CE. The plot unfolds in the city of Ujjain, but so secular and universal is the story that it can be situated in any society in any period, and it has, including in Bollywood film and by the BBC.". "Charu-datta, a bankrupt married merchant, is extramaritally involved with a wealthy courtesan, Vasanta-sena. The king's vile brother-in-law, unable to win Vasanta-sena's love, strangles her, and accuses Charu-datta. The court decides the case hastily, condemning Charu-datta to death. Fortunately, our heroine rises from the dead to save her beloved, and all applaud their love. At this climax, the regime changes, and the rebel-turned-king makes Charu-datta lord of an adjacent city."--BOOK JACKET.