Hindi-Urdu Language Program Coordinator
Columbia University—609 Kent Hall
My research work is on Indian theatre. My doctoral dissertation was on
Experimentation and Innovation in Hindi drama. I have also been involved
in pedagogical research and have developed authentic reading and
listening comprehension materials in Hindi. Currently I am working on
computer-related teaching materials. I am a novelist and short-story
writer in Hindi. I have published seven novels, two short-story
anthologies and a poetry collection. My novel Havan (1989) was translated into English and
published by Heinemann under the title The Fire Sacrifice in 1993. Two
of my novels, Havan and Vapasi, were translated and published into Urdu by
Nigarshat, Lahore, Pakistan. The Fire Sacrifice was republished in 2006 and Portrait of Mira was published in 2006 as well.
B.A., Delhi University, 1964
M.A., Delhi University, 1966
Ph.D., Punjab University, 1979
Nava Bhum Ki Ras-katha (Epic of the New Land), Delhi: National
Publishing House, 2002.
Gatha Amerbel Ki (Song of the Amerbel), Delhi: National Publishing
Itar (The Other), Delhi: National Publishing House, 1998.
Chiriya Aur Cheel (The Small Bird and the Kite: Short Story Collection),
Delhi: Parag, 1995.
Katra Dar Katra (Drop of Drop), Chandigarh: Abhishek, 1994.
Lautna (Returning), Delhi: Parag, 1992.
Havan (Fire Sacrifice), Delhi: Parag, 1989.
"Quest for Identity: Grappling for the Literary Self in the Diaspora"
Hindi: Language, Discourse and Writing. Volume 1 Issue 2. July-September
Hindi Natya Prayog Ke Sandarbh Men (Innovation and Experimentation in
Hindi Drama), Delhi: Parag, 1984.
"Two Sides of a Coin: Linguistic and Cultural Aspects of a Language."
Hindi: Language, Discourse and Writing. Volume 2 Issue 4. January-March
"Using Authentic Materials in the Language Classroom: A Case at Hand."
Published in the anthology The Learning and Acquisition of South Asian
Languages, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995.
"Culturally Authentic Situation Cards for the Teaching and Testing of
South Asian Languages: Hindi." Published by Consortium for Language
Teaching and Learning, New Haven, 1992.
"Sunna-Samajhna: Listening Comprehension in Hindi (2 volumes and 2
videotapes: Volume I: Novice and Intermediate, Volume II: Advanced)."
Published by ACTFL, Yonkers, NY, 1992.
"Authentic Materials for Developing Reading Comprehension in Hindi (2
volumes: Volume I: Novice and Intermediate, Volume II: Advanced)."
Published by ACTFL, Yonkers, NY, 1991.
English, French, Hindi (including Braj and Awadhi), Urdu, Punjabi, and Sanskrit.
ACTFL Certified Language Proficiency Trainer and Tester.
Self-Instructional Language Program Consultant and Examiner.