Authored By: Omkar N Koul
Year of Publication: 2017
|Pages: 320||Binding: Paperback(PB)|
|Price in Rs. 416.50||Price in (USA) $. 33.32|
Whispering Words: A Memoir reflects on and sharesthe personal experience the author has gained at various places of stay, study, work and travel. Though not an autobiography, it unfolds various interesting incidents in different real-life situations and challenges the author,coming from a remote rural background with limited means, has encountered with in achieving his goals. The book is divided in various chapters presenting glimpses of the author’s early childhood, schooling and education in the valley of Kashmir; his higher education in Agra and the US; his work at academic institutions in Patiala, Mussoorie and Mysore; his travels abroad, and different activities he has been involved in. The description by and large centresaroundlanguage, language education, linguistics, author’s main areas of interest. It is of interest to general readers.
Omkar N Koul has held various positions in Government of India. He was Director (1999-2000) and Professor-Cum-Deputy Director (1994-1999) of the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore; Professor and Coordinator of the Faculty of Languages of the LBS National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie (1987-1994); and Principal of the Northern Regional Language Centre (CIIL) Patiala (1971-1987). He was educated at the Jammu & Kashmir University, K M Institute of Hindi Studies and Linguistics (Agra University), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His areas of interest are Linguistics, Language Education, Communication and Comparative Literature. He has worked on Kashmiri, Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi languages. He has written and edited about 50 books and a large number of papers published in India and abroad. His publications include Kashmiri: A Cognitive Descriptive Grammar (1997), Modern Kashmiri Grammar (2006), Modern Hindi Grammar (2008), Language Education and Communication (2005), Effective Communication Skills (1994), etc. He edits a journal South Asian Language Review (1991-) and Vaakh (a literary Kashmiri journal since 2009).He writes short stories in Kashmiri and Hindi.