This is a personal blog of Bhupinder Singh, primarily a reader and an occasional blogger.

Originally intended as a collection of my book reviews that were published in The Tribune (India) between 1992- 2001. Since 2005, when this blog was started, it has included book reviews, short essays, travelogues and occasional pieces that I have written for newspapers and websites like CafeDissensus. Among the constants on this blog is the annual review post that I write at the end of the year: The Year Gone By.

I live with my better half, Bhaswati Ghosh, in southern Ontario, Canada.

Bhaswati and I helped to edit “Recovering the Lost Tongue” written by Rahul Banerjee. I have translated most of the poems in the collection of poems by the Punjabi writer Santokh Singh Dhir, titled “To the Punjab of Farid”. Both are available from amazon.com by following the links on the images below.

“To the Punjab of Farid and other poems” is available as a free e- book.

An unabridged version of “Recovering the Lost Tongue” is also available on-line.

This site follows CopyLeft– which means that anyone is free to use the contents, with a link back to the original post. I hope you will find some of the posts engaging, I may not be able to respond to all comments, and even when I do, might be slow to respond.


30 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hi, just got your reference to the Maissa Bey essay I
    translated for World Lit. Today. Bey is NOT
    the daughter of Larbi Ben M’Hidi…the French tortured and
    summarily executed thousands of Algerian rebels, her
    father and Ben M’Hidi met the same fate, but M’Hidi was
    the head of the FLN in Algiers, Bey’s father was a school-
    teacher in el Boghari…I took a round about way into
    the subject, sorry if it wasn’t clear. Part I is about
    Algeria and the ways its history has been used lately
    by the Pentagon, part II is about Bey.

    Also the essay stands by itself, Bey hasnt written a
    book length memoir about her father, but she has written
    a number of novels, all marked by early trauma.

    glad to see people are reading WLT. best wishes, S Ruta
    Also your photo shows two authors I love, Bolano and
    Tomas Eloy Martinez…we seem to have the same tastes

  2. I looking for some info.
    Ages ago I met Bhupinder Singh at Mr Ramasami’s (Tribune) place.
    Is this the same Bhupinder Singh?

  3. Fantastic material here, read just a few posts and am hooked. Have bookmarked the site and will read at leisure.


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    1. Dear Bhupinder, loved reading your blogs. I am looking for some help to translate jagjit singh’s ghazal ‘Tere Nisar Saakiya’ to english. You seem to be good at this. Any chance you can help?

  5. To Mr. Bhupinder Singh,
    Sir I came to know about your deep relationship with Late Shahid Anwar.
    I am directing one of his plays ‘Aurangzeb’.
    For the performance i need the registration No. and permission from the copyright holder. Now as Mr.Anwar is no more i think that Poonam Anwar is responsible for all his copyright.
    So can you please give any contact of poonam ma’am.
    My performances is after 2 days so I don’t have much time.
    Please help.
    Thank you.
    I am leaving my email id for you to contact me.

  6. Hi sir,

    I have recently read all your articles on thewire.in and am very impressed by your impeccable knowledge on books. I have recently started reading Karl Marx and would like to know your suggestions for someone who wants to understand Marx and his personal life rather than Marx – the revolutionary writer. Please give me some suggestions to his best biographies, best books on Marx-Engles friendship, Marx-the family man.

    Thank you

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