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Interesting Times in India: A Short Decade at St. Stephen's College

Interesting Times in India: A Short Decade at St. Stephen's College

Interesting Times in India: A Short Decade at St. Stephen's College

Item Code: IDE712
Author: Daniel O'Connor
Publisher: Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 014303345X
Pages: 251 (B & W Illus: 29)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 7.8" X 5.2"
weight of the book: 218 gms
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From the Jacket:

A personal record of one of the most significant, yet least written about, decades in Indian history

Daniel O'Connor and his wife arrived in Indian in 1963, virtually the last days of the Nehruvian era, to live and work at St. Stephen's College, Delhi. This was the beginning of a relationship that was to last almost a decade. Being part of a creative college community that mirrored all the effects of a newly realized post-colonial consciousness and the anxieties and hopes of a nation coming to grips with post-Nehruvian existence, the young couple witnessed and participated in many tumultuous events.

As teacher Dr. O'Connor taught midnight's children in the almost idyllic environs of the college. As chaplain he attempted to negotiate a formal post-colonial religious role in a richly pluralistic context. As a young expatriate there was family life to cope with: setting up house and bringing up children in a city trying to get rid of its imperial past, in a society contending with food shortages and rationing, unemployment and communal conflict. Accompanying all this were two wars and political tumult, both outside and inside the college, as students got caught up in the excitement of revolutionary activities under the influence of Maoism and the Naxalite movement. Yet, for all the difficulties and anxieties, it was a happy and fulfilling experience, always interesting, enriched by enduring friendships across barriers of race and creed.

Covering political events and social concerns, dotted with delightful vignettes of college life-from staff politics to the Shakespeare Society's theatre productions - Interesting Times in India, engagingly written and fondly told, seamlessly combines both popular history and personal memoir.

About the Author:

Daniel O'Connor was born and brought up in northern England, with a grammar-school education. His first two degrees are from Durham University, and he subsequently did a Ph.D. at St. Andrews in Scotland. He trained at Oxford for priesthood in the Church of England, and married Juliet, a school-teacher, before coming to India. After their 'interesting times' there, they returned to a life combining priestly and educational work in England and Scotland. They retired to St. Andrews, to be relatively close to their family, where he writes and is assistant gardener.


Foreword by Narayani Guptaix
1.Passage to India1
2.The Education of Midnight's Children13
3.The Householders60
4.Learning to be a Post-Colonial Missionary105
5.'Spring Thunder'165
6.Inconclusive Conclusion221
After word By Gopal Gandhi227

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