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Re-Markings, a biannual refereed international journal of English Letters, aims at providing a healthy forum for scholarly and authoritative views on broad sociopolitical and cultural issues of human import as evidenced in literature, art, television, cinema and journalism with special emphasis on New Literatures in English including translations and creative excursions.​

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MIRROR FROM THE INDUS: Essays, Tributes and Memoirs

Mirror from the Indus - Nibir K Ghosh Cover and Back

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nibir K. Ghosh

New Delhi: Authors Press, 2020

pp. 208 Price: ₹ 800

ISBN 978-93-90155-24-8

 

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FOREWORD

Ethelbert Miller

Our entire world is currently experiencing a paradigm shift as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. We have been forced to hit the pause button. What type of world must we now live in? What type of preparation did we make for the future which is suddenly here? Who could foresee this? What warnings did we ignore?

Historians might one day examine the work of Nibir Ghosh in order to find answers if not clues to why the world changed in 2020.

Ghosh’s work always had a global reach. He is an individual whose thinking and love for literature is not restricted by borders and boundaries. He is an “intellectual harvester” bringing people from around the world together. He wrote about them. He published them.

As scientists around the world race to find a cure for the coronavirus, we must not overlook the importance of returning to the humanities. What actually is life? What are we trying to save?

Man would be naked without his stories. So, in these difficult dark times, we look for teachers and light bearers. We look for intellectual guides to remind us that all the stories are true. We look to someone like Nibir Ghosh to do the heavy lifting as we struggle to lay the cornerstone for the New World.

May Mirror from the Indus serve as a decisive step in this direction.

E. Ethelbert Miller is a writer and literary activist based in Washington D.C.

 

This volume represents a twilight from the Indus. Intellectual musings by a mind, broad and generous enough to see culture as the interaction of vibrant particularities—from India to Europe, from the orient to the occident. The author explores personalities, ideas, and contexts from around the world. At its core is the quest for a better and freer world, united in elevating the dignity of the human and free of self-imposed fences. This work by Prof. Ghosh is a must read.

— Dr. Tijan M. Sallah, African Poet and Author based in Maryland, USA.

Nibir K. Ghosh has been writing cogent essays for as long as I can remember, which means that he has been writing cogently for a long time. So it’s good to have a great many of his outstanding pieces collected in this volume on a variety of topics. Not surprisingly, many of them are on Indian themes, Indian writers and Indian political figures. But Ghosh also writes insightfully about Mother Teresa, Lord Byron and Rudyard Kipling, and helps readers come to terms with big topics such as nationalism, biography and stereotypes.  Mirror from the Indus should appeal to those who know Ghosh’s work from Re-Markings. Those who don’t know it will be pleasantly surprised by his keen intelligence and his deep-seated humanism.

Jonah Raskin, Emeritus Professor, Sonoma State University, USA, is the author of A Terrible Beauty, The Wilderness of American Literature and fourteen other books.

 

CONTENTS

Rabindranath Tagore: An Ambassador of Universal Understanding

Rudyard Kipling: An Imperialist with Difference

Is Gandhi Relevant Today?: A 150th Birth Anniversary Tribute

The Spiritual Nationalism of Sri Aurobindo

The French Revolution and the Aesthetic Philosophy of Edmund Burke

Should’nt Byron Be Living at this Hour?

Biography as Fiction: Paul Gauguin and Somerset Maugham’s The Moon and Sixpence

‘Bharat is Peerless, let’s Praise Her’: Subramania Bharati and Indian Independence

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: Immortal Legend of India’s Freedom

The Quest for the ‘Good Place’ in The Essays of W.H. Auden

‘The Language of Caring is Universal’ – Meeting Mother Teresa: A Rendezvous with Bliss

Exploring Stereotypes: A Study of Rajinder Singh Bedi’s “Lajwanti”

Alienation and Identity in Saros Cowasjee’s Goodbye To Elsa

The Matrix of Indianness and Nissim Ezekiel

History in the Future Tense: Girish Karnad’s Tughlaq

Dom Moraes: The Disenchanted Voyager

Democracy and Dilemma: The Poetry of Namdeo Dhasal

Humanistic Concerns in Indian English Fiction

Women in Literature

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