An Elsewhere Place

Malay Kumar Roy studied  in St Xavier's School, Hazaribagh, from where he completed his Senior Cambridge (class of 1961). From the early 1950s to the early '60s he lived in Hazaribagh in the Chotanagpur district of Jharkhand, then a part of Bihar.  Working in the corporate world for close to 50 years left little time for much else, and after retirement, he writes his book "An Elsewhere Place - Boyhood Days in Hazaribagh"

In this book he writes about the wonderful charm and ambience of Hazaribagh of that time. He writes about his years in St Xavier's School, of the Jesuit fathers who taught there, of the fundamental human values they shared - integrity, knowing right from wrong, curiosity. He writes about the way they taught that made the subjects come alive and go beyond the confines of the text book. He narrates anecdotes that showed their infectious sense of humour. And he shares memories of his school mates.

He vividly describes Hazaribagh's serene landscape, the beautiful tone and texture of its changing seasons. The book recalls startling wildlife encounters. It speaks about the joys and sorrows of village folk - old and young, and incidents - mostly hilarious - that relate to vacationing visitors to Hazaribagh. 

 "An Elsewhere Place" is about a time never to return. It evokes a gentle, easy -going time when people lived in close harmony with nature. This book is about days of friendships, wonder, innocence and grace.

Synopsis courtesy: HOXA Kolkata

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