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Thursday, 26. October 2017 - 16:21 Uhr

Literary NECTAR for Competitive Examinations in English by Sudhir K Arora

Sudhir K Arora. Literary NECTAR for Competitive Examinations in English. Bareilly: Prakash Book Depot, 2017. Pp. 346. Price: Rs. 298/-. ISBN: 978-81-7977-616-2.


Reviewed by Abnish Singh Chauhan
Dr Sudhir K Arora, an eminent critic and writer, is a popular figure in Indian Writing in English. His latest book titled 'Literary NECTAR for Competitive Examinations in English' (An Acquaintance with Major Works of Major Authors) is methodologically designed for PGT, TGT, NET and similar Examinations conducted in India. But, this is not the limit of the book and, therefore, it works beyond the limit of aforesaid competitions as the author himself remarks in his preface— “Competition is competition— competition with your own self to make yourself better day by day, and competition with others to prove yourself better in the competitive field for making your claim for success.”
One may think. Competition is nowhere if one believes in the philosophy of love and learning; competition is everywhere if one wants to strive for a goal which cannot be shared. In both the cases, some authentic source of information along with productive interpretation of the material is necessarily required for developing proper understanding of the subject. Knowing this, the author has produced a consistent and reliable book— 'Literary NECTAR' worth passing along to the lovers of English literature with the specific aim to make a difference in this competitive world.
The book is a magnificent gem that brings to light a complete study (in brief) of life and works of popular authors and critics of English literature, such as— William Shakespeare, John Milton, William Wordsworth, John Keats, P B Shelley, Matthew Arnold, Alfred Lord Tennyson, T S Eliot, Robert Lee Frost, Walt Whitman, John Milton, Charles Lamb, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Ernest Miller Hemingway, William Faulkner, John Galsworthy, Kamala Das, Mulk Raj Anand, Nissim Ezekiel, etc. It also introduces noteworthy popular quotes of these authors along with critical insights on their life and works as penned by distinguished critics of the literary field. The book also realistically and cautiously covers pen names of English authors, history of English literature (A screenshot of ages), periods of English literature, authors in history of English literature (ages/century/period wise), events (important years at a glance), popular authors and their works (with years), popular commonwealth writers, popular post-colonial writers, some British dramatists (1955 onwards), popular British dramatists and their dramas (1945-1990), some British poets (1955 onwards), some Irish poets, some Scottish poets, popular contemporary poets, popular English poets (1945-1990), some popular post-war novelists, popular contemporary novelists, popular contemporary British novelists (since 1980), popular British novels of twenty first century, popular recent novels, novelists from other literatures (around 1990) along with literary awards and winners of Nobel Prize, the Booker Prize, the Sahitya Akademi Prize, Poet Laureate, the Pulitzer Prize, etc.
The book 'Literary NECTAR', written in Historical Present, is a result of author’s close observations of literary world, useful communications with eminent scholars and extensive readings of significant books of English literature. It is intended for several groups— not only for students, research scholars, teachers, professors and other lovers of literature, but also for those who read merely for getting systematic information for self-learning and self-fulfillment through English literature.

ascAbout the Reviewer:
Dr Abnish Singh Chauhan (1979) is a bilingual poet, critic, translator and editor (Hindi and English). His significant books include Swami Vivekananda: Select Speeches, Speeches of Swami Vivekananda and Subhash Chandra Bose: A Comparative Study, King Lear: A Critical Study, Functional Skills in Language and Literature, Functional English, The Fictional World of Arun Joshi: Paradigm Shift in Values and Tukda Kagaz Ka (Hindi Lyrics). His deep interest in translation prompted him to translate thirty poems of B S Gautam Anurag under the title Burns Within from Hindi into English and some poems of Paddy Martin from English into Hindi. He can be contacted at

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Monday, 24. July 2017 - 12:04 Uhr

OUP Workshop on ‘Emerging Trends for English Language and Communication Skills – A Practical Approach’


Noida: Oxford University Press India organized a successful workshop on ‘Emerging Trends for English Language and Communication Skills – A Practical Approach’ on July 22, 2017. The two-fold objective of the workshop was to experience best practices in teaching-learning communication skills to students of 21st century and a focused group discussion to identify gap areas in teaching-learning communication skills which act as deterrents in students being employable. Thereby, it comes up with a proposal on how change can be brought about at the content, assessment, and delivery level to UG, PG and research scholars of English language.


Mr Shashank, the co-ordinator of the workshop representing Oxford University Press India, welcomed the august presence and encouraged the participants to make use of this opportunity. Furthermore, he said that team OUP has been making significant efforts in training and collaborating with the faclulties who are teaching English language at different levels in universities, colleges and schools.


Dr Mukti Sanyal, Principal, Bharati College, University of Delhi, also thanked team OUP for effectively conducting the workshop and reflected that such types of workshops give opportunities to the aspirants to experience the joy of fruitful imagination, invention and implementation of language skills. She advised the participants to explore and explicate English language and communication skills for the betterment of our country, particularly in the field of employment and teaching-learning modules. The session was moderated by Ms Sunila from OUP.


Workshop Schedule:






Registration & Tea

9:30 – 10:00 AM


Emerging Trends on English Language and Communication Skills

[Dr Mukti Sanyal]

10:00 – 11:45 AM


Hands-on session

[Dr Mukti Sanyal & Team]

11:45 -1:00 PM



1:00 – 1:45PM


Focus Group Discussion

[OUP Team]

1:45 - 3:45 PM


Certificate Give-away & Group Photo

3:45 – 4:00 PM


The participants- Dr Manoj Kumar, Dr Sam Raj Nesamony, Dr Abnish Singh, Dr Anannya Dasgupta, Dr Nandini Bhattacharya, Dr Jamuna Narayanan and twenty others who represent different government and private universities of Delhi-NCR, enjoyed and actively participated in the workshop and their opinions and field experiences were valuable to make the workshop a success. They also got the opportunity to meet and interact with the other faculty members of various universities and explored the present scenario of language lab softwares and their utility for the development of communication skills among the students, particularly in the field of Engineering, Technology, Medical Sciences, Management, Commerce, Humanities and Social Sciences.


In Focus Group Discussion, the invited participants were divided into three groups. Each and every group collectively gave its suggestions to team OUP. Dr Sam Nesamony, who thanked team OUP for organizing the workshop, pointed out that OUP has been doing innumerable plans and programs for developing English language and literature, which was once very important for Humanities and Arts. But, in the global era, OUP has come out with some of the outstanding programs for the the faculties of English, who are part and parcel of every subject and hence, it is the obligatory responsibility of the teacher that every student of every subject is to be inculcated and imparted with the skills of English language- listening, speaking, reading and writing (LSRW). Dr Abnish Singh, who gave some remarkable suggestions and appreciated the efforts of team OUP, said that now a days language skills are taught through the language lab for the development of communicative competencies and socio-cultural experiences; therefore, the government and private universities, institutions and schools are focusing on modern language teaching, especially in English- that is the most predominant aspect of any student's employability. He also thanked Dr Mukti Sanyal for her marvellous presentation techniques, friendly communication and meaningful messages. The workshop ended with a vote of thanks by team OUP.





img-20170723-wa0015Felicitation of Dr Abnish Singh by Dr Mukti Sanyal


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