Dr Brijraj Singh, In ARDEN: A Memoir of Four Years in Shillong, 1974-78 (NEI)
Dr Brijraj Singh is undoubtedly the most qualified and distinguished Professor to have taught in North-East India up to his time, and perhaps even to this day.
This elegantly-written book is by turns lyrical, acerbic, incisive, and humourous. It should earn its place among the classics of India.
Brijraj Singh’s Arden: A Memoir of Four Years in Shillong, 1974-1978” with an introduction by Anjum Hasan, a foreword by Easterine Kire and afterwords by Paul Pimomo.
“In Arden: A Memoir of Four Years in Shillong, 1974-1978″ by Brijraj Singh, Professor of English at NEHU (North-Eastern Hill University) during that period. The four years he spent in Meghalaya with his wife exposed them to the unique features of the countryside and they made many friends in the process. They were also witness to the rapidly changing traditional tribal culture. Read this memoir that reveals his discoveries, experiences and emotions.
“Newly married, my wife and I went to teach English at a newly established university in north-eastern India. During our four years there, we made many friends, getting to know some unique features of the countryside, as well as the tribal culture of the locals who were fast modernizing. These memoirs try to communicate, as vividly as I can, my experiences, discoveries, and disappointments. So here is a somewhat unusual introduction to the Khasi Hills, its people, and those years, which should interest everyone who wishes to discover more about a fascinating part of India that is still too little known.” – Brijraj Singh
About the Author
A Rhodes Scholar at Lincoln College, Oxford, and a Fulbright Fellow at Yale University where he earned his PhD (1968-1971), Brijraj Singh taught not only at Northeastern Hill University, but also at Hosts Community College (City University of New York) Sep 1985 – Feb 2006 · 20 yrs 6 month, his alma mater, St. John’s College (Agra), and in the Delhi University, where he was Professor, taught at and was Dean St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. He is president of the East-Central American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, and author of: Milton: An Introduction; the development of a critical tradition from Pater to Yeats; five poets of the seventeenth century; the first Protestant missionary, Bartholomew Ziegenbalg, 1683-1719; and Professing English on two continents.
His earlier books are –
- Milton: An Introduction (Delhi: Macmillan), 1977
- The Development of a Critical Tradition from Pater to Yeats (Delhi: Macmillan), 1978
- Five Seventeenth Century Poets (Delhi: Oxford Univ. Press),1992
- The First Protestant Missionary Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg, 1683-1719 (Delhi: Oxford Univ. Press), 1999
- Professing English on Two Continents (Gurgaon: Zorba Books), 2016.
In addition, Dr. Brijraj Singh was the author of nearly fifty scholarly essays, articles and reviews, presented papers at numerous conferences, and was president of the East-Central American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies.
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