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Taking On Tough Times

Authored By: Pashupati Jha

Publisher:  Authorspress

ISBN-13: 9789352072644

Year of Publication: 2016

Pages: 100

                                       Binding: Paperback(PB)

Category:  Poetry, Fiction and Short Stories

Price in Rs. 175.00

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“Passion and creation work hand in hand, but it is the creation that has the last word.”

– Patricia Prime in The Commonwealth Review, Vol. 15, No.1

“Pashupati Jha has evolved a style of his own – uncomplicated, direct yet profound. One marvels at his accurate use of language and economy of idiom.”

– Usha Bande in The Indian Journal of English Studies, Vol.50

“Inspired writings of an enlightened intellectual, a man of passion, whose verse is imbued with clarity of style and concept.” Bernard M. Jackson in The Commonwealth Review, Vol. 15, No.1

“Pithy, poignant, memorable and have a stunning effect, like the stroke of a hammer – a trait one can find in abundance in the poetry of Robert Frost and Nissim Ezekiel.”

– Ramesh K Srivastava in The Journal of Indian Writing in English, Vol.31 No.2


“He lets his experience gestate and shape into right rhetoric”

– Manohar Bandopadhyay in   Indian Literature, Vol.48, No.1

“Poetry is always in his bones…most of his poems are evocative and inspiring.”

– Gopal Lahiri in Muse India, Issue 63, Sept-Oct.2015

“The thematic concern...ranges from birth to death; from identity/ ego to cosmic consciousness…from science to art to religion; from pain to love, and from suffering to acceptance and resignation, thereby capturing the irony and paradox of human experience itself.”

– B.S.Naikar in The Indian Journal of English Studies, Vol.41

“Such unpretentious…array of words and images gives uniqueness to the poems of Jha and enkindles a freshness of an earthy fragrance of the first monsoon rain.”

– T. Ravichandran in Kavya Bharati, Vol.26

“He never westernizes his outlook or expression… He believes in Indian tradition and values sans, of course, suppression of women and religious bigotry; yet he never imposes his value system on his readers.”

– B. N. Singh in Rainbow Redemption: New Bearings in Indian English Poetry. (2007)

“His poems are neither dragging nor nagging. They move with effortless ease, whether in rhyme or without it.”

– Pronab Kr Majumder in English Poetry in India: A Twenty First Century Review. (2012)

His style is” racy and lucid”…with conversational tone…”evoking immediacy of response.”

– Dalip Khetarpal in Contemporary Vibes, Vol.11, Issue 41







About the Author


A Ph.D. on the poetry of Sylvia Plath from I.I.T. Delhi, Pashupati Jha is a senior Professor of English and former Head, Humanities Dept.I.I.T. Roorkee. In addition to writing exhaustively on literatures in English and guiding successfully fourteen scholars for Ph.D. degree, Jha has also been a remarkable teacher, winning the Outstanding Teacher Award of I.I.T. Roorkee twice, in 2003 and 2007, and Star Performance Certificate of the Director in 2005. Besides core English, he teaches Indian English Novel, Creative Writing in English, and Research Methodology. He has been the Chairman of Indian Association for English Studies (Now AESI) from January 2006 to December 2011. He was also the President of 57th All India English Teachers’ Conference, held at Sardar Patel University, Gujarat, in December, 2012.


Besides numerous academic publications – which include a book, Sylvia Plath, co-edited anthology, Reflections on English Studies, and over sixty research papers and book chaptershe has also published four widely read and reviewed poetry collections: Cross and Creation (2003), Mother and Other Poems (2005), All in One (2011) and Awaiting Eden Again (2015). Taking on Tough Times is his fifth poetry collection. He has been selected for Michael Madhusudan Academy Award (Kolkata) for his poetry. Jha’s poetry has been praised for its beauty, sincerity, brevity, intensity, wide thematic range, and Indian ethos by many established national and international critics. Address: Dr Pashupati Jha, Professor of English, Humanities & Social Sciences Dept., I.I.T., Roorkee-247 667. E-Mail: