Satyapal Anand

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Satyapal Ananad
ستیا پال آ'نند
Born April 24, 1931
Kot Sarang, District Chakwal, now in Pakistan
Nationality American
Occupation Author and poet

Satyapal Anand (Hindi: सत्य पाल आनंद, Urdu: ستیا پال آنند‎; born April 24, 1931) is a poet, critic and writer.[1][2] He has written several fictional and poetry books in four languages: English, Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi.[1][2] He has also received awards for his literary work.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Anand was born in Kot Sarang, Chakwal district, now in Pakistan.[1] He finished his primary education there and attended secondary school in Rawalpindi in 1947.[1] After the partition of India, his family moved to Ludhiana in East Punjab,[1] where he received his college education, earning a Masters in English from the Punjab University in Chandigarh with academic distinction.[1] Later, he earned his first doctoral degree in English Literature[1] with a thesis titled "Changing concept of the nature of reality and literary techniques of expression." He earned his second doctoral degree in Philosophy from the Trinity University, Texas.[1]

Anand married Promila Anand in November 1957 and the couple had two sons (Pramod and Sachin) and a daughter (Daisy).



Anand has spent most of his life in teaching graduate and post-graduate students in universities around the globe. Starting with the Punjab University in Chandigarh in 1961,[1] he has held teaching positions at other universities, including the University of District of Columbia (UDC) in Washington, DC. He has also been a visiting professor at South Eastern University in Washington, D.C., University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, and Open University in England.[1] From 1992–95 he was on special assignment as a Professor of Education in the Department of Technical Education, Saudi Arabia. He has availed many invitations in his professorship life,having nickname "Air Port Professor" by his pupils and friends.[1] He visited several countries including UK, Germany, Turkey, Denmark, Norway and North America.[1]


Anand's writing career started in the early 50s when in a span of just two years he published a poetry collection, a collection of stories, and novels, all in Urdu. He had his brush with authorities when the Government of Punjab, India banned his Hindi novel "Chowk Ghanta Ghar" in 1957 and ordered his arrest.[3] His first book of short stories was published in 1953, when he was a 22-year young student.[1] He has been highly praised by the Urdu writers and poets for his best literary work in Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi and English.[4] He mostly writes poems rather than ghazals.[1] His poems are based on history, mythology or mixed culture of the West and the East.[5]

Anand's English poem "Thus Spake The Fish" has qualified for the award in an international competition by UN sponsored committee for "Earth Preservation Day Celebration."[6] The poem,


Thus spake the fish to the dwellers of the deep _ Take heed, O brothers _ How this, our ocean was once clean
How dirty has it become _ a muddy pond! _ Wasn't it but a recent event _ That gods of heaven and demons of earth
Joined hands to churn it up _ In an unholy 'manthuna'? _ Used air blowers to awaken the fire demons asleep in the deep

Fired up a hearth of cascading earthquakes! _ Where was the elixir of life _ Indeed where was it?
What they found was poison _ Poison that broke the surface _ And now boils and broils all life forms.
Where are the nymphs – my sisters of yore _ That played with the waves? _ Thus spake the half-dead fish

To the half-dead dwellers of the deep. _ Take heed, my friends _ We're but dead already.
The demons and gods have used a ruse _ To churn up the ocean _ And to turn it into a mud heap.[6]



Short stories
  • Jeeney Key Liye[3]
  • Apney Markaz Ki Taraf[3]
  • Dil Ki Basti[3][7]
  • Apni Apni Zanjeer[3][7]
  • Patthar Ki Saleeb[7]
Urdu poetry
  • Dast e Barg[3][7]
  • Waqt La Waqt[3][7]
  • Aaney Wali Sahar Band Khirki Hai[3]
  • Lahu Bolta Hai[3][7]
  • Mustaqbil aa Mujh Se Mil[3]
  • Aakhri Chattan Tak[3][7]
  • Mujhay Kar Vida[3]
  • Mere Andar Ek Samandar[7]
  • Meri Muntakhab Nazmen[7]
  • Byaz e Umr
Books in Hindi
  • Yug Ki Awaz
  • Painter Bawrie
  • Azadi Ki Pukar, Bhoori
  • Dil Ki Basti[3]
  • Chowk Ghanta Ghar[3]
  • Geet Aur Ghazles
  • Ghazlon Ka Guldasta
In Punjabi
  • Saver Dopeher Shaam[7]
  • Makhu Mittha
  • Ghazal Ghazal Darya[7]
  • Ghazal Ghazal Sagar
  • Ghazal Ghazal Leher
  • Rajneetak Chetana Ate Sutantarta Sangraam
In English
  • The Dream Weaver[7]
  • A Vagrant Mirror[7]
  • One Hundred Buddhas[7]
  • If Winter Comes[7]
  • Sunset Strands[7]
  • Some shallow, some deep[7]
  • Life's a tale[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "In Urdu poetry, the first experimentation". February 17, 2012. Retrieved February 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Yaum-e-Azadi musha'ira in the US". September 16, 2011. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Shair" Monthly Urdu Literary Magazine,Mumbai,India.Issue,on literary work of Satyapal Anand,.January 2006,p.back on the title.Retrieved.2012-02-20
  4. ^ "Poetry Recitation at Embassy of India in Washington". July 10, 2011. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Outpourings of a philosophical mind". Daily February 17, 2012. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Thus Spake The Fish:Satyapal Anand". Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Google Books-Satyapal Anand". Retrieved February 19, 2012. 

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