Now out is the latest issue (Vol 4, March 2008) of SEVA BHARATI JOURNAL OF ENGLISH STUDIES (Midnapore, West Bengal, India), edited by Dr Jaydeep Sarangi.

This is a special issue on Diasporic Literature.


The contributions include:

articles (among others) on: Derek Walcott’s ‘Omeros’ (Ismail Bala Garba), the Indo-Canadian diaspora (Stephen Gill), Jhumpa Lahiri’s ‘Interpreter of Maladies’ (Indira Nityanandam), and Amitav Ghosh’s ‘The Hungry Tide’ (Rakhi Nara and G.A. Ghanshyam), as well as my own ‘The multicultural in Vikram Seth’s “Two Lives”: “history writ little” or global protagonism?’ (pp. 56-76);

an interview by Jaydeep Sarangi with Australian poet Geoff Page;

and a creative writing section with poems from Stephen Gill, Niranjan Mohanty and Sanjukta Dasgupta.


I am particularly pleased to be associated with this issue, as it is dedicated, with a most moving tribute at the beginning, to my late father, who sadly left us in 2007. I thank Dr Sarangi for his most thoughtful gesture.


More information: Dr Jaydeep Sarangi,



Photo of my father in Luxembourg, autumn 2005:






Here is the text of the tribute, as it appears on page 2 of the journal:







This issue of Seva Bharati Journal of English Studies is dedicated to the memory of Robert Rollason, the late father of one of our valued referees and contributors, Dr Christopher Rollason.


Robert Rollason died unexpectedly after a brief illness in August 2007. He was a graduate in English of Jesus College, Cambridge, where he was a fellow student and friend of the late David McCutchion, who later taught at Jadavpur University (Kolkata) and became a pioneering figure in Indian literary studies. Robert Rollason was himself active in British literary circles, as a member of the societies devoted to the novelist Anthony Powell and the poet John Betjeman and a regular contributor to their publications. He also published in the Guardian and Independent newspapers, and was, posthumously, among the contributors to an important literary encyclopaedia published in 2007 by Cassell.


We here in the Indian literary family express all our sympathy for the family of one of our own outstation members in this sad loss. May the torch of love of literature always be passed down in such families from parents to children!



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