Karnail Singh Heirwale (28th june,1933 / Heir distt Amritsar, Punjab, India)
Biography of Karnail Singh Heirwale
Having been born in a village Heir, located by the roadside on the way to RAJA SANSI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Dr KARNAIL SINGH's emotional make -up was nourished on the bounty of nature. Glimpses of occasional babu culture, actuated in him a desire to learn something from those who knew better.As chance would have it, he rushed to Lucknow.After some initial difficulties luck favoured him and with the inspriation and support of some men of letters he set on his academic in the local university.He worked day and night and after doin m a english, hepursued in Phd. on T S ELIOT AS CRITIC.He hitched his wagon to the next start, he bagged D.LITT on the LITERARY CRITICISM OF F R LEAVIS.He joined KHALSA COLLEGE AMRITSAR in the early sixties.With theexist of his predecessors, he stepped in thhis shoes as Prof.&Head of the deptt of ENGLISH and worked as such till his superannuation.Heserved the student community academically and administratively. Besides being a scholar he was assigned the task of CONTROLLER EXAMINATIONS, DEAN FACULTY OF ARTS, LANGUAGES & COMMERCE and occasionally as REGISTRAR OF THE COLLEGE.His journey in knowing begins with a depth study of the oeuvre of T S ELIOTand reaches JACQUES DERRIDA'S via F R LEAVIS.Being a voracious reader, he is always inspired to say something and write something.From time to time he has been, and is contributing his articles and review-articles to LITERARY CRITERION(MYSORE) , COURIER, NEW QUEST(PUNE) & INDIAN BOOK CHRONICLE (JAIPUR) -to name only a few As a poet his titles are -THE OPEN HEART (1993) , THE WOUNDED MUSE (1994) & MYSTERIES OF LOVE(1996) He thinks that whatever the experience of apoet it is exhausted within a couple of titles.The rest is repetition.The problem of the poet in our time is that he has not much to say but he says it again and again.In the sphere of creative writing there is no separation betweenthe man who suffers and the mind that creates.The opening pom of THE WOUNDED MUSE reads like this: 'Inchildhood/Icaged a parrot/Andtended it/My father said, 'Ucage it/It will becoome earth-bound/Hound you'The semiotic and semantic aspects are coalesced in such a manner that the reader would enjoy it both on the literal and depth level.It is matter of pleasure that DR KARNAIL SINGH has had an entry, a niche in POETRY; INTERNATIONAL WHO'S WHO. To be sure his poems are self-speaking and in the words of Matthew Arnold, it 'consoles, delights and sustains 'the reader
Karnail Singh Heirwale's Works:
POETRY BOOKS-the open heart 1993, the wounded muse1994, and mysteries of love 1996
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I caged a parrot
And tended it.
My father said:
It will become
And hound you'.