by the favor of approval by way of recognition of merit of some of my own books
on Education, dramas and general literature, by the student community as also
the elite; I have ventured forth to put in black and white many of my life
experiences together with some of the anecdotes related to me by my
brother-in-law Late Sh. P.N. Kaul, my uncle late Shri Hari Ram Raina and a
colleague late Shri Sundri kaul, in story form enlivened by pleasant and painful
touches of fiction, curt humor and satire.
narrations, conflicting psyches, clashes of self-interest fool-hardiness of
conceit and egoism, heights of human attachments, potential confusion and chaos
inheriting all misunderstandings and mischief as against the wisdom of sincerity
of purpose and fearless frankness; and above all illiterate's intelligence
versus the experts stark-ignorance are some of the problems highlighted in these
twenty-one odd stories.
far I have succeeded to tickle the souls of the readers into innate reflexes is
for them to judge. To conclude I must express my thankful gratitude to:-
Prof. Nilamber Dev Sharma, Ex-Secretary, J&K Academy of Art, Culture and
Languages; Ex-President Dogri Sanstha and above all a perfect gentleman of
parts, scribe of eminence, for his courtesy and kindness of agreeing to write an
introduction to the book.
In his unusual shrewdness as a seasoned commentator,
Professor sahib seems to have deliberately avoided to dilate on the essential
norms of short-story writing as reflected in the coherence of narration in the
contents of the M.S. He leaves it to the discerning readers to freely pass their
mature judgments thereon. Yet he does not consider it proper to conceal the fact
that he found the stories:
Interesting to read.
The language used in narration both plain and lucid and above all
That he found the stories are true to life and yet quite different from the
"Brevity is the soul of wit", they say. Sticking
to this maxim, most probably professor sahib uses just a couple of sentences to
express his relevant impression about the book.
To conclude, I would like to share my joy of adventure and
exploration of new terrain-rough and rocky, plain but frightfully desolate and
free from disturbing buzz and noise of overpopulated cities to built up airy
castles in a calm atmosphere of tranquility. In this connection, I would like to
pin my instinctive urge of swimming against the current like a living fish that
jumps up into fresh air and dives back with a splash against the flow of fresher
water. The irresistible attractive spectacle cannot but capture the observing
pedestrian attention and enthralls him to stay back and get absorbed in watching
the phenomenon for a while.
The congenial effectiveness or otherwise of my 6
/ AMB. G. K/.K-3 humble attempt is left for the grudging judgment
of the concerned readers. (b) I feel it my duty to express my gratitude to the
Hon'ble Chairman and respected members of the Decision-making body together with
the concerned staff of J& K Academy of Art, Culture and languages, Lal Mandi,
Srinagar for the favor they have done me by approving the M.S. with a sanction
of subsidy for its publication. (c) To my talented son, Roshan Lal Razdan for
doing all the auxiliary work of rewriting the M. S. for typing, correction and
coalition of type script with the MS. (d) To my ale11daughter-in-law Shmt.
Santosh Razdan and Ashim Khuda, for coalition work of the Photostat copies of
some stories with the MS and mak ing the necessary corrections thereof. My
thanks are also due to Bansi Lal Kaul, seasoned Addt. Secretary (rtd.), P.N.
Raina reputed educationist, Saurabh, Neena ji, and Surbhi Kauchru, Deepu and
Rajaji for further help in this direction and of final proofreading and
correction(s). To Shri A.N. Raina, Sh. Devendhar Vidyarthi, Sh. Rajinder Kumar,
Sh. R.L. Bhat for typing this MS. Last but not the least, my thanks are due to
Mis Samkaleen Prakashan.
Hope the book will be as well received as its predecessors
on different subjects such as (i) Education (ii) One-Act plays (iii) J & K
Literature (iv) Text books for middle, high and higher secondary Schools of the
State vi) and now the present "Ticklish stories."
Prithvi Nath Razdan
Foot Note: My first of the five books
written within the first two years after migration in March 1990 entitled
"Gems of Kashmiri Literature and Kashmiriyat" is a full fledged
complete book in itself on its own right.
It is not the first volume of a bigger book,
as misunderstood by some of the elite. The misunderstanding caused by the in
section of the Roman Numeral "I" after its subtitle '"The trio-of
Saint Poets" simply indicates that it is the first Publication ( AMB, G,
KI.K-3) Published after migration. It is hoped that this will diffuse off the
mist that had enveloped the book.
P. N. Razdan (Mehnoori)