Ramesh Chandra Shah

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Ramesh Chandra Shah
Born 1937
Almora, Uttarakhand, India
Occupation writer
Spouse(s) Jyotsna Milan
Awards Padma Shri
Sahitya Academy Award

Ramesh Chandra Shah is an Indian poet, novelist, critic[1][2] and the author of Sahitya Academy Award winning novel, Vinayak.[3][4][5][6] He was honoured by the Government of India in 2004 with Padma Shri, the fourth highest Indian civilian award.[7]

Biography[edit]

Ramesh Chandra Shah was born in 1937 in the hilly village of Almora in the Indian state of Uttarakhand[1][4][8] in family with moderate financial means and educational background.[4] He graduated from Allahabad University and secured his masters (MA) in English literature from the same university in 1960.[2] He obtained a doctoral degree (PhD) on the thesis, Yeats and Eliot: Perspectives on India,[2] from Agra University. He began teaching in the high school at Barechhina (Uttaranchal) and later taught in remote colleges in the small towns of Sidhi and Panna in Madhya Pradesh before moving to Bhopal. He retired as HOD English Literature from Hamidia college in 1997.[1][6][6] after which he chaired Nirala Srijnanpith, a literary chair instituted by Bharat Bhavan[9] till 2000.[1]

Shah is credited with several books composed of poems, short stories, travelogue, essays and novels.[10][11][12] His first novel, Gobar Ganesh,[13] based on the lives of middle-class families in Almora, came out in 2004.[6] Vinayak, a 2011 work which is considered by many as an extension of his first novel, fetched him the Sahitya Academy Award in 2014.[5][8] Years earlier, the Government of India honoured him with the civilian award of Padma Shri.[7]

Shah survives his wife, Jyotsna Milan,[14] a Mumbai born writer[15] who died in 2014.[4] He lives in Bhopal.[6][15]

Books and publications[edit]

Novels

Short story anthologies

Poems

  • Kachue Ki Peeth Par[2]
  • Harishchandra Aao[2]
  • Nadi Bhaagti Aayi[2]
  • Pyaare Muchkund Ko[1]
  • Dekhte Hain Shabd Bhi Apna Samay[27]
  • Chaak Par Samay
  • Bahuvacana[28]

Essays

  • Rachna Ke Badle[2]
  • Shaitaan Ke Bahaane[2]
  • Aadmi Ka Peda[2]
  • Padhte Padhte[1]
  • Svadharm Aur Kaalgati[1]
  • Hindi Ki Duniya Mein[1]
  • Ancestral Voices[29]

Plays

  • Maara Jaai Khusro[2]
  • Matiyaburj[1]

Others

  • Ek Lambi Chaanh (travelogue)[1]
  • Mere Sakshaatkaar (interviews)[30]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Pratilipi (2009). "Ramesh Chandra Shah". Pratilipi (13). 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Mohan Lal (1992). Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature: Sasay to Zorgot (Volume 5). Sahitya Academy. p. 818. ISBN 9788126012213. 
  3. ^ a b Ramesh Chandra Shah (2011). Vinayak. Rajkamal Prakashan. ISBN 978-8126719921. 
  4. ^ a b c d Abhinay Shukla (5 January 2015). "Hindustan Times Interview". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Amarujala". Amarujala. 20 December 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Times of India". Times of India. 21 December 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Padma Awards" (PDF). Padma Awards. 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Vinayak Excerpts". Aaj Tak. 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Nirala Srijnanpith". Bharat Bhavan. 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "Amazon profile". Amazon. 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  11. ^ Interview with Sameena (YouTube video). Sameena Ali Siddiqui. 14 December 2010. 
  12. ^ "Author Profile". Hindi Book Centre. 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  13. ^ a b Ramesh Chandra Shah (2004). Gobar Ganesh. Rajkamal Prakashan. p. 331. ISBN 9788126708161. 
  14. ^ "Jyotsna Milan". Muse India. 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  15. ^ a b Rakesh Sharma (2015). "Web Dunia". Web Dunia. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  16. ^ Ramesh Chandra Shah (1990). Kissa Gulam. Rajkamal Prakashana. p. 304. ISBN 978-8171780747. 
  17. ^ Ramesh Chandra Shah (2007). Poorvapar. Books India International. ISBN 978-8189129057. 
  18. ^ Ramesh Chandra Shah (1992). Aakhiri Din. Vagdevi Prakashana. p. 119. ISBN 978-8185127361. 
  19. ^ Ramesh Chandra Shah (1995). Punarvaas. Vagdevi Prakasana. p. 151. ISBN 978-8185127439. 
  20. ^ Ramesh Chandra Shah (2001). Apa Kahim Nahim Rahate Vibhuti Babu. Vagdevi Prakashana. p. 112. ISBN 978-8187482192. 
  21. ^ Ramesh Chandra Shah (2014). Jungle Mein Aag. Hindi Book Centre. p. 148. ISBN 9789350725832. 
  22. ^ Ramesh Chandra Shah. Muhalle Mein Ravan. Vani Prakashan. ISBN 978-93-5000-184-4. 
  23. ^ Ramesh Chandra Shah (1992). Maanpatr. Vagdevi Prakashana. p. 144. ISBN 978-8185127323. 
  24. ^ Ramesh Chandra Shah (1998). Theater. Vagdevi Prakashana. p. 135. ISBN 978-8185127699. 
  25. ^ Ramesh Chandra Shah (1994). Pratinidhi Kahaniyan. Rajkamal Prakashana. p. 157. ISBN 978-8171783205. 
  26. ^ Ramesh Chandra Shah (2010). Katha Sanatan. Rajpal & Sons. ISBN 978-9350640036. 
  27. ^ Ramesh Chandra Shah (2000). Dekhte Hain Shabd Bhi Apna Samay. Nesanala Pablisinga Hausa. p. 75. ISBN 978-8121405713. 
  28. ^ Ramesh Chandra Shah (1998). Bahuvacana. Kitabhagahara. p. 235. ISBN 978-8170164029. 
  29. ^ Ramesh Chandra Shah (2006). Ancestral Voices. Motilal Banarsidass. p. 87. ISBN 978-8120830547. 
  30. ^ Ramesh Chandra Shah (2004). Mere Sakshatkar. p. 157. ISBN 9788170166726. 

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