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Thursday, 19 May 2011


"Breeze from the Land Across"
- translated by Dr Aruna Sitesh and Dr Sitesh Alok
 (1945 – 2007) was a scholar, writer and translator. She was the Principal of Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi, (1997-2007). Her short story collection Chhalaang, received the award for The Outstanding Book of the year Award (1997-98) and the Mahadevi Verma Puraskar by the U.P. Hindi Sansthan, Lucknow, 2000. Her many awards and honors included a Senior Fulbright 1991-92, University of Chicago; Visiting Scholar, Rockefeller Foundation Study Centre, Bellagio, Italy, 1993; and an Australia-India Council Grant in Aid (2005) for interaction with Australian women writers. She was Co-editor, of Pratibha India, Quarterly of Indian Art, Culture and Literature (1981-2007).

The Late Dr Aruna Sitesh translated three of my short stories into Hindi. They have been published separately in Indian literary journals(including the Sahity Academy's "Sakshaktar"), but this month they will be launched in a book of Australian women writers' short stories.

Sitesh Aloke (b.1939) is a creative writer and translator. He has been editing PRATIBHA INDIA, a literary journal from New Delhi for several years now.

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