Dr. Dinesh Srivastava

Born in village Awar, Pratap Garh, Uttar Pradesh, 1952.
Early education at village school and neighbouring city of Pratap Garh. Shifted to Allahabad in 1964 and obtained B. Sc. from University of Allahabad in 1970. Selected into Training School of Department of Atomic Energy in 1970 and joined Bhabha Atomic Research Centre as Scientific Officer in 1971. Ph. D. (1979) from University of Bombay. Moved to Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre at Kolkata in 1979, from where he retired as a Director and Distinguished Scientist in 2016. Held visiting positions of one to two years in Germany, USA, and Canada, and for shorter durations at Cape Town etc.
At present Visiting Professor at Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany and Raja Ramanna Fellow of Department of Atomic Energy.
First published short story in Vaigyanik, 1981 (in Hindi). Later about 10 short stories, about 50 poems, a novelette and several essays published or broadcast in Hindi. One Hindi short story made into a radio-drama by All India Radio.
Roots (1998) was the first story to be published in English. Most of the short stories have appeared either in the literary section or in the Festival issue of The Statesman.
The stories chronicle the rapid changes in the rural India and also the agonies and loneliness of people displaced from their roots, for whom their memories are like a shrine. The narrations are mostly in first person and recreate the atmosphere of a village fire-place or a bar.
Some of the stories have an undercurrent of exploitation of our villagers- every kind of it- by the rich and powerful as well as the calm composure and the acceptance of their fate as their dreams shatter.