March 13, 2008

AuroMa-sons: Sisir Kumar Ghose

  • Shelley and Sri Aurobindo // ACLALS Bulletin, Lennoxville, Quebec, Canada. Article in: vol. 4 no. 5, 1977.- PAGES: 76-79.- LANGUAGE: English.
  • Sri Aurobindo, poet and social thinker.- 1st ed.- Dharwar: Karnatak University, 1973.- vii, 31 p.; 22 cm.- SERIES: Extension lectures publications series; 21
  • Sri Aurobindo's Gita: A Short Survey. In Honour of Ramesh Mohan // Sharma, T. R. (ed.). Influence of Bhagavadgita on Literature Written in English. Meerut: Shalabh, 1988. xxxiv, 277 pp.- PAGES: 174-180.- LANGUAGE: English.- PUB TYPE: book article
  • The Basic Poetry of Sri Aurobindo // Sharma, K. K. (ed.). Indo-English Literature: A Collection of Critical Essays. Ghaziabad: Vimal Prakashan, 1977. viii, 273 pp.- PAGES: 47-59.- LANGUAGE: English.- PUB TYPE: book article
  • The Future Poetry of Sri Aurobindo // Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature, Bloomington, IN. Article in: vol. 11, 1962.- PAGES: 149-153.- STANDARD NO: 0084-3695.- LANGUAGE: English
  • The poetry of Sri Aurobindo; a short survey.- Calcutta: Chatuskone, 1969.- 124 p. port. 23 cm.- NOTES: Includes quotations from Aurobindo Ghose's works. Bibliographical footnotes.
  • The Poetry of Sri Aurobindo. // Cultural Forum, New Delhi. Article in: vol. 14 no. 3-4, 1972.- PAGES: 72-78.- LANGUAGE: English
  • Two essays.- Santiniketan, 1949.- 22 p. 23 cm.

Sisir Kumar Ghose

I know him so well. He has been going to the ashram for the last thirty years. We used to walk along the shores of the Bay of Bengal together in the evening. Eighteen years ago he came to America to give lectures at Mississippi University. Some nice pictures of us together were taken while he was here. He brought me a beautiful small statue of Lord Buddha and other gifts. I remember them—especially a peculiar ballpoint from Shanti Niketan.

For most of the articles in the book that I bought, I had served as his messenger boy. During that time I was unofficial sub-editor of Mother India, and I used to take his articles to the editor. Also, I made arrangements for him to have an interview with Mother India.

I was so delighted and excited to see the book. It was $2.95. So I bought it and started reading it. I truly admire Sisir Kumar Ghose. He was such a nice, kind mentor. I am really grateful to him. My immediate offering of gratitude to this supremely noble soul can only be felt and never be described. Many, many things one day I will tell about him.

But after I had bought his book the funniest thing happened. That same afternoon I received a letter from Vidagdha saying that Sisir Kumar Ghose of Shanti Niketan had been one of the examiners of her doctoral thesis on my poetry. Melbourne University had submitted her thesis to various places, but the professors didn't want to examine it because they didn't know anything about the subject. Finally, Sisir Ghose accepted. He is head of the English section of the university at Shanti Niketan. According to him, Vidagdha should have also said something about my Bengali poems. [Source: "A Mentor" in Sri Chinmoy, I Love Shopping, Part 1. First published by Agni Press in 1985. Copied from the web pages of]

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