Author: Gurdial SinghTranslator(s)/ Editors(s): Paramjit Singh RamanaPublisher: National Book TrustYear: 2010Language: EnglishPages: 362ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788123759791
The Present Autobiography of one of the tallest figures in Indian literature is a valuable contribution not only as a literary text but equally importantly as a text relevant for socio-cultural understanding of the contemporary Indian society, in general, and of Punjab, in particular. The story of a man rising from a poor family of carpenters to become through his sheer labour, struggle and self-belief a creative writer par excellence is a story that is not only inspirational but socially introspective too. Though the author remained in dilemma for a long time whether he needed to come out with an autobiography as he tells us in the opening chapter, he has done a great service in allowing us to have an insight into the making of a writer and this English version will be able to carry this great tale to the wider world.ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR: Paramjit Singh Ramana, an accomplished translator and writer, is professor in English, department of post-graduate studies Punjabi university Regional Centre, Bathinda.
Preface THE FIRST PHASE:Foreword – The Partial Truth 1. Sant Dayal Dass 2. Dream – like Days 3. Sour and Sweet Memories 4. Natha, the Water-carrier 5. Anvil 6. Hands and Property 7. Ismail, the Hand-pump Mechanic 8. Pandit Sadhu Ram Master 9. Master Pritam Chand “Billa’10. The Colourful World 11. Cattle Fair 12. Nikka’s Son Raheemu 13. Two Pandit Brothers 14. Taya’s Magic 15. Gyana the Duffer 16. Like Father, Like Son 17. The Pain of Inferiority 18. My First Teacher 19. The Few Days of Fun 20. The Surviving Memories 21. The Difficult Pathways 22. A Few Worlds of Affection 23. Kasauli 24. Mysteries of the Heart 25. The Inner Pain 26. …Or Baba Ji 27. This and that Night 28. Indelible Scars 29. The Exuberance of Adolescence THE SECOND PHASE: 30. Phases in the life of Man 31. On 32. Two 33. Three 34. Four 35. Five 36. Six 37. Seven 38. Eight 39. Nine 40. Ten 41. Eleven 42. Twelve THE REMAINING SECOND PHASE…. Glossary