B.A.(Hons.) in English, St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi.
M.A. and Ph.D. in English, University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.
Awarded Ph.D. with "Distinction"; awarded "Distinction" in the special field exam; first rank in M.A. Comprehensive Exam; CGPA 5.0 on a 5 point scale throughout M.A. and PhD; first rank in B.A. (Hons) English at Delhi University in 1st and 2nd years; first class throughout.
Over thirty years of undergraduate/postgraduate teaching in USA, India, and elsewhere.
Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
then Reader, University of Hyderabad (Central University)
Professor, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian Institute of
Technology, New Delhi.
of English, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
- Homi Bhabha Fellow for Literature,
- Visiting Professor, Indian Institute of
Advanced Study, Shimla, 1996.
- Shastri Indo-Candian Research Fellow,
University of Calgary, Canada, Summer 2000.
- Visiting Professor, Ball State University,
Indiana, USA, Fall 2001.
- IFUSS Fellow, University of Iowa, Iowa
City, USA, Summer 2002.
- Mellon Fellow, Harry Ransom Humanities
Research Center, University of Texas at Austin,Summer 2003 and Summer 2004.
- Coordinator, UGC Special Assistance Programme 2003-onwards
- Joint-Coordinator, China-India
Intercultural Dialogue, 2004-2005
- GPSS research award, 2005-2006
- Australia India Council Fellow, 2005-2006
- GPSS Major award, 2006-2009
- Visiting Professor, University of Sao Paolo and Federal University of Minas Gerais, May-August 2007
- Chair of the Jury for South Asia and Europe of the Commonwealth Writers Prize, 2007-2009; local judge of the Commonwealth Prize 2010.
- Visiting Professor, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, April-October 2009
- Shivdasani Visiting Fellow, Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, University of Oxford, Michaelmas Term, 2009 (October-December)
- Visiting Professor, Transcultural Anglophone Studies, Department of English, Universitat des Sarlandes, May-June 2010.
- Inaugural ICCR Chair in Indian Studies, National University of Singapore, 2010-2011
- Visiting Professor, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and University of Sao Paulo (USP), August-December 2011.
(in chronological order):
Mysticism in Indian English Poetry.
Delhi: B.R.Publishers, 1988.
Decolonization and Development: Hind
Svaraj Revisioned. New Delhi and London: Sage
Nativism: Essays in Literary Criticism. Editor. New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi, 1997
Towards a Poetics of the Indian
English Novel. Shimla: IIAS, 2000.
In Diaspora: Theories, Histories, Texts. Editor. New Delhi: Indialog, 2001
Saundarya: The Perception and Practice of Beauty in India. Editor, with Harsha V. Dehejia. New Delhi: Samvad India, 2003.
Sabda: Text and Interpretation in Indian Thought. Editor, with Santosh Sareen. New Delhi: Mantra Books, 2004.
English Studies: Indian Perspectives. Editor, with Amit Sarwal and Aneeta Rajendran. New Delhi: Mantra Books, 2006.
Sacred Australia: post-secular considerations. Melbourne: Clouds of Magellan, 2009; New Delhi: Aditya Prakashan, 2010.
Another Canon: Indian Texts and Traditions in English. London: Anthem Books, 2009; Paperback ed, New Delhi: Anthem Press, 2010.
Altered Destinations: Self, Society, and Nation in India. London: Anthem Books, 2009; Paperback ed., New Delhi: Anthem Press, 2010.
Indian English and Vernacular India: Contests and Contexts. New Delhi: Pearson Longman, 2010. (Co-edited with GJV Prasad).
Bollywood in Australia: Transnationalism and Cultural Production. Editor, with Andrew Hassam. Perth: University of Western Australia Press, 2010.
Making India: Colonialism, National Culture, and the Afterlife of Indian English Authority. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, 2012.
The Serene Flame.
Delhi: Rupa, 1991.
Playing the Dark God.
Delhi: Rupa, 1992.
New Delhi: Indialog Publications, 2001.
New Delhi: Mantra Books, 2005.
Confluence. New Delhi: Samvad India, 2007
This Time I Promise It'll Be
Different: Short Stories. New Delhi: UBS
The Narrator: A Novel.
New Delhi: Rupa, 1995.
Other Edited Books
Indian Poetry in English. Madras: Macmillan, 1993.
An Anthology of New Indian English Poetry. Delhi: Rupa, 1993.
Sarojini Naidu: Selected Poetry and Prose. Delhi: HarperCollins India, 1993.
Sarojini Naidu: Selected Letters. Delhi: Kali for Women, 1996.
The Spirit's Manifest Home: The Story of Sri Aurobindo Ashram-Delhi Branch. New Delhi:
Sri Aurobindo Ashram, 1997.
The Best of Raja Rao. New Delhi: Katha, 1998.
The Penguin Sri Aurobindo Reader. New Delhi: Penguin, 1999.
The Little Book of Sri Aurobindo. New Delhi: Penguin, 2001.
The Penguin Swami Vivekananda Reader. New Delhi, 2005.
The Cyclonic Swami: Vivekananda in the West. With Sukalyan Sengupta. New Delhi: Samvad India, 2005.
Dharma and Development: The Future of Survival. New Delhi: Samvad India, 2005.
Science and Spirituality in Modern India. New Delhi: Samvad India, 2006.
Earth Lessons: Three Essays on Saving the Planet. New Delhi: Vikram Sarabhai Foundation, 2008. (With Devaki Singh).
Science, Spirituality and the Modernization of India. New Delhi: Anthem, 2008.
Sarojini Naidu: Selected Poetry and Prose. 2nd rev. ed. New Delhi: Rupa, 2010.
Acts of Faith: Journeys to Sacred India. New Delhi: Hay House, 2012.
Boats from the Marathi original Hodya by Hemant Govind Joglekar. New Delhi: B.R. Publishers, 1994
Over 140 in various
refereed journals and edited books published in India and abroad.
Several poems and short stories; over 200 essays, book reviews, and occasional pieces in academic and popular periodicals in India and abroad. Was a columnist in Sunday Observer, Business Standard, The Pioneer, and Life Positive.
General Editor of a series of reprints of rare and out of print
Indian English titles published by the Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi.
Founding Editor, Evam: Forum on Indian Representations, an international biannual journal.
Administrative Experience and Community Service:
Linguistics and English, JNU; Chair, Centre for English Studies, JNU; member Board of Studies; member Academic Council JNU; member Vision Committee, JNU; Coordinator, UGC Special Assistance Programme, Centre for English Studies, JNU, 2003-2008; Principal Investigator, Project on "Indian Perspectives on Science and Spirituality," 2006-2009, Trustee, Samvad India Foundation, 2000-present.