Premananda Panda


premananda-pandaPremananda Panda (1950-2015), an Indian author of Odia and English with a poetry collection in Odia— Sidi (meaning ladder, 2001) and a collection of English short stories— Across the Blue Horizons (ed. 2008); and editor of Replica (a popular magazine of English language and literature, started in 1997) breathed his last on 30th May 2015 due to severe heart attack at Sun Hospital, Cuttack, Odisha. A man of benign nature and helping attitude Mr Panda was born on 17th Feb 1950 at Parahat, a village in the District of Jagatsinghpur, Odisha. Late Baikuntha Panda was his father and Late Keluni Devi was his mother. He left two daughters— Mrs Prajna Panda and Mrs Priti Panda and one son— Malaya Manas Panda along with his courteous wife— Manjuprava Mishra. He did his M.A. in English in 1972 from Ravenshaw College, Cuttack. He started his career as a Lecturer in English at S.V.M College, Jagatsinghpur in 1976. After that he joined Salepur College as HOD- English in 1991, Kendrapada College as Reader in English in 2003 and Kishore Nagar College (Cuttack) as Principal in 2008 and worked there till his retirement in 2010. He was felicitated as a poet in World Poetry Day Celebration in Gangtok, capital of Sikkim State, India from Government of Sikkim in the year of 2006. Besides ‘Radha Krishnan Gold Medal Award’ (given posthumously) on the occasion of Teachers Day dated 5th September 2016 from Global Economic Progress & Research Association, Chennai, Tamilnadu, he was also conferred with ‘Sahakar Award’(Cuttack, 1999), ‘Kalinga Sahitya Academy Samman’(Salepur, 2001), ‘Kendrapada Sahitya Sansad Samman’(Kendrapada, 2002), ‘Jagatsinghpur Sahitya Sansad Samman’(Jagatsinghpur, 2005), ‘Loving Sisters Award’ (Jagatsinghpur, 2002), ‘Guru Gaurav Samman’ (Cuttak, 2007), etc. from different literary and socio-cultural organizations of Indian territory. After retirement, he was preparing a poetry collection in English— a big dream of his life, which may come true in near future. 

 

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Zafar Khan


zafar-khanProf. Zafar Khan taught ESL and Linguistics in Indian and Nigerian universities. He is the Ex-Principal of Austin Peace Academy, TX USA. In 1982, he participated in a BBC Seminar on ‘Contemporary Grammar of English`, chaired by Prof. Randolph Quirk, Vice-chancellor of London University, gave a talk on All India Radio, Bombay on `Educational Trends in the Modern World.` He was interviewed by several TV channels as an ELT expert. Mr. Khan is author of books titled, ‘Thirty-Steps to Fluent Spoken English’, and ‘A New Companion to the Study of English Language and Literature.’ He can be contacted at zafar_khan1us@yahoo.com.

 

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Susheel Kumar Sharma


sushil-k-sharmaDr Susheel Kumar Sharma (1962) has been serving the University of Allahabad as a Professor of English since 2003. He has published four books, thirty-five research papers, five interviews and twenty-eight book-reviews. A collection of more than thirty reviews of his first poetry book, ‘From the Core Within’ (1999, ISBN: 81-85231- 27-3) has been published under the title Bricks and Bouquets (Ed. Sanjeev Kumar, New Delhi: Creative Books, 2008). Prof Sharma’s second collection of poems ‘The Door is Half Open’ (New Delhi: Adhyayan, 2012) has been received very well. Some of his poems have been translated into Assamese, French, Hindi, Lithuanian, Serbian and Turkish languages. Prof. Sharma lives with his family at Vishrut, 5 MIG, Govindpur, Near Uptron Crossing, Allahabad – 211 004, India. He can be contacted through e-mail: susheelsharma.avap@gmail.com.

 

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Rajiv Khandelwal


rajiv-khandelwalRajiv Khandelwal (1957) has published three volumes of Poetry – ‘Conch Shells and Cowries’ (1998), ‘Love is a Lot of Work’ and ‘A Monument to Pigeons’ (2013). He has co-produced a documentary film titled ‘Visit India, Discover Agra.’ He resides at 223- Pandit Motilal Nehru Road, Agra - 282 004; and can also be contacted through email: rajivk92@gmail.com.

 

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R. K. Bhushan

bhushan-sirR. K. Bhushan (1947) at Kartarpur in Jalandhar District of Punjab has a very rich and fulfilling experience in the diverse academic and professional environment for about 45 years. Prof. Bhushan, also known as Raghukul Bhushan, is a well-known creative writer, poet, critic, a short story writer and a book reviewer and an editor; he has published five Indian English Poetry books, two books of criticism and a book of short stories. He is well-researched as a book of critical essays on his poetry, R. K. Bhushan: His Poetic Vision and Critical Sensibility has been edited by Dr. Shaleen K Singh with a Foreword by Dr. Tejinder Kaur, Professor, Punjabi University, Patiala. At present, he is engaged in revising the manuscript of his novel, Ruins in the Palace; and busy completing his book on Personality Development. He can be contacted at rkbhushan@yahoo.co.in.

 

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Pashupati Jha


pashupati-jhaA Ph.D on the poetry of Sylvia Plath from I.I.T. Delhi, Pashupati Jha is a senior Professor of English at I.I.T. Roorkee. Besides numerous academic publications which include a book, Sylvia Plath, co-edited anthology, Reflections on English Studies, and over sixty research papers and book chapters, he has also published five widely read and reviewed poetry collections: Cross and Creation (2003), Mother and Other Poems (2005), All in One  (2011)  Awaiting Eden Again (2015) and Taking on Tough Times (2016). He has received Michael Madhusudan Academy Award (Kolkata) for poetry. He can be contacted at pashupatijha@yahoo.co.in.

 

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Prashant Kumar Panda


pk-pandaDr Prashant Kumar Panda passed M.A. in English from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, did M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Berhampur University in the year 1992 and 1998 respectively. After teaching in colleges of Odisha, he joined Institute of Technology, BHU, Varanasi in Aug 2002. He has two books of poetry- ‘Confused Confessions’ (1987) and ‘Blue Prints of Retrospection’ (2008). He can be contacted at panpanda@ymail.com.

 

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P. G. Rama Rao


p-g-rama-raoDr. P.G. Rama Rao (1935) retired from the P.G. Dept. of English, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, in 1995, after a long and distinguished innings as a teacher of English and American Literature. Among his publications are The Poetic Rapture (1963), ErnestHemingway: A Study in Narrative Technique (1980), NarrativeTechnique in British and American Fiction (1986), The Critic’s Eye (1993), Scapes (1993), The Wave and the Hill (1993), My Days in Tulasi Kshetra (2009 & 2014), On the Other Side of the Globe (2013), An EnduringPicture and Other Poems (2014), My Divine Hippocrene (2015), Aesthetic Ecstasy (2016), and Whispers of Immortality(2016). He can be contacted at pgramarao@yahoo.com.

 

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O. P. Arora

o-p-aroraO. P. Arora, a well-known poet, novelist and short story writer, has published five volumes of his poems, The Creeping Shadows, Embers in the Ashes, The Edge of the Cliff, Pebbles on the Shore and Whispers in the Wilderness and three novels, A Bite of Paradise, The Silken Traps and Beyond the Mists. He has to his credit two books in Hindi too—one, a novel, and the other, a collection of short stories. He has an excellent academic record and holds a Doctorate in English Literature from Panjab University, Chandigarh. He has taught in Delhi University for nearly four decades. He resides at A-2/B, 183A, Ekta Apartments, Paschim Vihar, New Delhi- 110063; and can also be contacted through email: arora.omp@gmail.com.

 

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I. K. Sharma


i-k-sharmaI. K. Sharma (1932) is the first Indian English poet of Rajasthan. His first collection of poems The Shifting Sand-dunes (1976) earned praise from critics, and a couple of its poems were included in Voices of Emergency (1983) edited by John Oliver Perry. He is the first translator of contemporary Rajasthani poetry. His poetry collections include The Shifting Sand-dunes (1976), The Native Embers (1986), Dharamsala and Other Poems (1993), Camel, Cockroach, and Captains (1998), My Lady, Broom and Other Poems (2004), End to End (2008), and Collected Poems (2010) and Nirantaram (2016). He was invited to attend All India Poets Meet, Asian Poets Meet, World Congress of Poets in India, Thailand, and USA. He can be contacted at iks0132@yahoo.co.in.

 

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