Neelum Saran Gour is a professor of English literature at Allahabad university and a well known writer. she has authored eight works of fiction and edited a pictorial volume on the history and culture of the city of Allahabad. she is also the author of the nonfiction work three rivers and a tree: the story of Allahabad university. Her critical writings and short fiction have been included in various anthologies. she has been a humour columnist for the Allahabad page of the Hindustan times and a book reviewer for the Indian review of books and the times literary supplement, UK. Who doesn’t like to reminisce of travels or of old cities one has lived in? To rekindle such memories you may have, here’s an interesting share of a mischievous diarist’s writings on crazy escapades of diplomats, jurists and the leaders of the industry during their student days in Allahabad city in Uttar Pradesh. One can indulge, through this book, in a modest jeweler experiencing the warmth of family bonding through meetings of allies at the Kumbh Mela; or of a telegram that becomes the last testament of love from a man who has lost his speech. Here is a chance to relive the nostalgia surrounding this beautiful city’s monuments, forts and river banks. A mischievous diarist records the crazy escapades of bureaucrats, diplomats, jurists and captains of industry during their student days in allahabad. a mughal princess and a betel selling woman collaborate to protect jehangir’s eldest son, prince khusrau. A modest jeweller experiences the warmth of family bonding in a serendipitous group of allies at the kumbha mela. the last telegram of allahabad becomes the last testament of love from a man who has lost his speech, and a young man relives the tortured love that he shared with his long dead alcoholic father. Acclaimed author spins eight irresistible stories that celebrate her city, allahabad, its nostalgic memorabilia and its lively idiosyncracies.
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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