Ganesh Bagchi was born in Faridpur in the eastern part of Bengal before the partition of India in 1926. The family subsequently moved to Calcutta – Kolkata in today’s West Bengal – where he went to school, college and university and where he got married.
In 1951 he moved again with his wife and two daughters to take up a post as English teacher in Uganda, East Africa, a British Protectorate at the time, where his son was born. His plays, The Deviant (Ten One Act Plays, edited by Cosmo Pieterse, London, Heinemann AWS, 1968) and Of Malice and Men (available in an anthology of Short East African Plays in English, edited by David Cook and Miles Lee, London, Heinemann 1968) won awards for the best production and best play at the annual National Drama Festivals organized by the British Council. His first autobiographical novel entitled No Room for Love – A Chronicle of the Forties appeared with Writers’ Workshop Publications, Calcutta 1999.
Unpublished works include The Gold Diggers of Yaksha Town, and his comedies, Soma and Synthesis, Eggs for Breakfast and A Recurrent Theme, Part I and II.
My Days and Ways, the present autobiography, spans a pivotal period in both British and Indian history. The forgotten Great Bengal Famine of 1943, the Second World War, the struggle for Indian independence, the assassination of Gandhi all play a part in his personal history, as does the independence of Uganda, Uhuru in 1963, shortly before the writer’s return to India.
His textbooks on the teaching of Bengali as a second language – Anandapath (Oxford University Press) – or Teaching Poetry in Schools and Colleges (India, TK publications 1994) have remained a milestone in methodology.
He now lives and works in Lincolnshire
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