Authored By: Ramesh K. Srivastava
Year of Publication: 2017
|Pages: 248||Binding: Paperback(PB)|
Category: Poetry, Fiction and Short Stories
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Dr Ramesh K. Srivastava, who got his Ph.D. degree from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah (U.S.A.) in 1972, is well known for his creative and critical writings in English. He was awarded a prestigious Fulbright (U.S. Govt.) Fellowship in 1969, the University of Utah Graduate Research Fellowships in 1970-72, and subsequently Senior Fulbright (U.S. Govt.) Fellowship in 1984-85 to work on Henry David Thoreau at Boston (U.S.A.). He was also awarded the University Grants Commission Emeritus Fellowship in 2003-05 to work on Indian Writers in English at Bundelkhand University, Jhansi (U.P.).
Some of his publications are: Hemingway and his For Whom the Bell Tolls; Perspectives on Bhabani Bhattacharya; Perspectives on Anita Desai; Love and Animality: Stories; Cooperative Colony: Stories; Masks and Men: Stories; Neema (A novel); Six Indian Novelists in English; Games They Play and Other Stories; Colonial Consciousness in Black American, African and Indian Fiction in English; Critical Studies in English and American Literature; Under the Lamp: Stories; The Novels of Kamala Markandaya: A Critical Study; Symbolism in Indian Fiction in English; Wit and Humour in Indian English Literature; Coils of the Serpent (A Novel) and Read, Write and Teach: Essays on Learning to Live Together; Christmas Gift and Other Stories and My Father’s Bad Boy: An Autobiography. He also edited Thoreau’s Walden for Oxford University Press.
Formerly Professor and Head, Department of English and Dean, Faculty of Languages at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar (Punjab), Dr Srivastava also remained the Director, Institute of Languages, and U.G.C. Emeritus Professor at Bundelkhand University, Jhansi. He is currently Professor of English at S. R. Group of Institutions, Ambabai, JHANSI (U.P.)
The present collection, consisting of 20 short stories, published originally in various popular magazines and literary journals, portrays a wide world of rural and urban people, of simple people with cunning exploiters, of cheats and pickpockets, and of corrupt practices behind altruistic activities. It depicts too the world of women—submissive and suppressed, but also courageous and vindictive ones capable of turning the world upside down.
By using subtle irony, sharp wit, exaggerated accounts, startling puns, comic similes and odd metaphors, interesting dialogues and repartees, funny characterization and caricature, rollicking humour and stinging satire, Srivastava provides memorable pictures of ugly realities behind captivating façade, unmasking the devils who lurk behind angelic faces.
The stories grip the reader with spell-binding narrative and ever-present suspense which irresistibly move the reader to go on till their startling conclusions.