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An Elsewhere Place: Boyhood Days in Hazaribagh


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AuthorMalay Kumar Roy
Published LanguageEnglish
Publication Year2017
PublisherSpeaking Tiger
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From the early 1950s to the early ’60s, Malay Kumar Roy spent around ten years as a young boy in Hazaribagh in the Chhotanagpur district of Jharkhand, which was then a part of Bihar. In An Elsewhere Place, Roy reminisces about his life thereÑa place that ‘touches a boy forever’.

In this memoir, he vividly describes Hazaribagh’s tranquil landscape, its changing seasons and its unhurried pace of life. We get a glimpse of a time gone by from Roy’s stories about sharing a crate of mangoes with the last Englishman living in Hazaribagh; a little bear cub tipsy on mahua flowers; a gravely injured fox cub that was nursed back to health by him and his family, and a visitor from Calcutta who boasted about his detective skills and courage but lost steam upon seeing a dangerous criminal. And he revisits his schooldays at St Xavier’s School where his Jesuit mentors taught him the value of curiosity and discipline in life.

Written in charming, spare prose, this collection evokes a gentle, easy-going time when man and nature existed in harmony; a time of friendships, wonder and grace.

About the author
After completing his Senior Cambridge examination from St Xavier's School, Hazaribagh, Malay Kumar Roy graduated from St Xavier's College, Calcutta and received a Masters in English literature from Jadavpur University. Later, he spent nearly fifty years in the corporate sector where he worked in communications, which left little time for much else. After retirement, he writes about his memories of Hazaribagh where he spent his boyhood years.

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