I finally finished reading the 4th part of Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s Autobiography “Dashdwaar Se Sopaan Tak”. I first came across his. In the Afternoon of Time: An Autobiography [Harivansh Rai Bachchan] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Hindi littérateur Harivansh Rai. Born in Allahabad, Harivansh Rai Bachchan received his formal schooling in a municipal school and followed the family tradition of attending Kayasth.

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Halfwaybetweenthe legendary and the observedstandsBach- chan’s great-grandfather Mitthulal,brotherto the youngerRadha, whomhe rescuedfromunsympathetic in-laws: Ravi Raghavendra Harivansh Rai Srivastava, Bachchan. Eleven years after leaving the University Bachchan’s thesis was published to coincide with the Yeats centenary; Dr Henn wrote the preface.

These various issues can be addressed as follows: Rajiv Kapoor Grandson-in-law’s Uncle. This was the time when he was influenced by the independence movement. After receiving a doctorate, he started teaching and also worked at All India Radio as a producer in India. Goldie Behl Grandson-in-law’s Uncle.

The code-switching has a particularlycontrastiveeffect: He maintainedthatifI only wrotein Hinditheoutsideworldwouldneverhearofme,whilehistransla- tionscouldestablishme internationally.

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In Bachchan began teaching English at Allahabad University, some ten years later an opportunity arose to harlvansh for study in England. Examples of observeddetail includean uncle’s eye-witness accountoftheJallian- wala Bagh massacre, anguished tears floodingthe smallpox scars on his cheek; or Bachchan’sown childhoodrecollectionof standing nervouslyin his headmaster’sstudy,noticinghow the framedwall- map oftheUnitedProvinceslookedlikea dog,wihJhansiand Mirza- pur districtsas its legs and Dehra Dun as its head.


The dialectalvoice eludes translation, but the substitution can be suggestedby the con- trastiveversions’In the mart of my loved one, I spent my soul tender’,versus ‘For the heart of my loved one, I spent my sole tender’-always hoping that the sympatheticreader would accept the transformation of the word’tender’fromadjectiveto noun.

The old linkswithAllahabad were neverbroken, but the subsequentdecades were spent mostlyin Delhi or Bombay, withthe magnetismof the lattergrowinginexorablywithAmitabh’s meteoric success in films. The implicationsof thisgeneral tendency,oftenobservedin Bachchan’s autobiography and variouslyopposedand exacerbatedbythe respect- ive parts of his career, mean that in this example the purpose of translationfromHindi bachcban to make the authorbetterknownin his own land, ratherthan necessarily’internationally’.

The latest Englishnovels,on the otherhand,are a favouritesubjectfor discussion. Withinthe ample dome of archingsky wouldI, a shredofwater-weeping cloud no merestcornerof myown enshroud.

Today’s Famous Celebrity Birthdays. Retrieved 26 February He had his meeting to go to. Wikimedia Commons has media related yarivansh Harivansh Rai Bachchan. Sahitya Akademi Award for Hindi.

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Another example of a verse retained in the translation is from Bachchan’s Allahabad schooldays, when the children were made to sing a four-linehymnextended by an additional line declaring fealty to the imperial throne.

He went to municipal school for formal schooling and then attended Kayastha Paathshaalas for learning the Urdu language as per his family tradition.

In those days the Gita was hiddenfromyoungpeople, lest it encouragethem to turnaway from theworld;but I neitherfoundthe answersto myquestions,norrelinquished worldliness. Englishwasthelanguageofourrulersandanything utteredin it seemedto bear moregravitas.


The narrativeof the first volumeis tightly written,witha fineeye forsynecdochicdescription; its historyof the author’sfamilyemergesbeautifullyfroma retro- spectivegaze cast back into the mistsof dynastictime,tracingthe psychological stereotypes withwhichcaste-basedsocietyhas bachchsn or defaced the image of the Kayasths over history.

Skip to main content. According to one legend, his mother was a Brahman who became pregnant….

Sanjay Dutt Namrata Dutt’s Brother. Quite apart from the long spell in Englandand Irelanddescribed in the thirdvolumeof the autobiography, manyof its mostplangent momentsmake referenceto Englishliteratureor to theculturefrom whichit springs.

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Sayali Bhagat His autobiography tellsofa close personalfriendship witha boyhood neighbour, Karkal, and of Karkal’s untimely death aftercontracting a fever;we also learn of Bachchan’sintimateconnectionwithKark- al’s widowChampa. Such arch ironies indicate a depth of connection between Bach- chan’s text and the English-medium contexts being described in these passages. A verse of hersis citedlater in lf. Deb, forit is he who will do the donkey-work of the department.

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