Thursday, March 6, 2008

Quest 9: Dr. Rana P.B. Singh

Dad, Nani, and I ventured to the other side of Varanasi today in the morning, to go meet Dr. Rana P.B. Singh. We met him in a bookshop called Harmony Books or something like that. He turned out to be a really nice guy, and gave me all the material I need to get started on my explorations of the city. Harmony Books is at the other end of Varanasi, at a ghat called Assi Ghat. Imagine a big, jolly guy with a serious face but the nicest smile, who looks at you like you’re the most wrong-looking person he’s ever met but when he talks to you he sounds like Santa Clause, and that’s Dr. Rana P.B. Singh, or “Ranaji” as he is known lovingly and also for short. When we met we started talking about lots of different topics and finally arrived at buying books. He gave me quite a few books (by him, of course, or else edited by him), and in the spur of the moment I could not say “no” and ended up buying everything he gave me. He told the cashier to give me a 10% discount. In all honesty, I don’t know how I will actually end up reading all the books he gave me. Anyways, quest completed! Off to BHU…

2 comments:

Aaditya said...

Dr. Rana has been my mentor at BHU while I was pursuing Masters degree in Geography. I would call him a man of Cultural Geography. I was so impressed with his knowledge and critical thinking that I started reading Geographical Thoughts thoroughly during my master and today despite being a student of Demography for more than two years, I keep on reading geographical thoughts and use them in demography which is more of number based subject.
His voice and way of talking is amazing. I still try to imitate his English despite living in England for more than six months.

rakesh kumar mishra said...

A great person who is well known not only in India but also in abroad.