MARCH 01, 2018 – A PASSAGE TO INDIA
On March 01, 1964 I was a student of Bachelor of Science(B.SC.)3-Year Degree Course at Giriraj Government Arts College, Nizamabad, India. My Spirit of Nationalism was at its peak after I witnessed China’s War of Aggression in 1962. My English Language Course introduced me to ‘A Passage to India’ novel authored by E.M. Forster, a story that deals with British Colonial domination of India.
I left India in January 1984 and arrived in Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A. during July 1986. To my surprise, I learned about Forster’s visit to Ann Arbor.
On March 01, 2018, I reflect upon prospects of my own ‘Passage to India’. I cannot confirm it for I am not sure about Final Destination of my mortal Life Journey. If I have to revisit India which I have not done since 1984, I ask God to do the favor of giving me an opportunity to share my story as ‘A Passage to India’, the one and only story I love to publish.
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E.M. FORSTER TAKES A PASSAGE TO INDIA – MAR 01, 1921 – HISTORY.com
Forty-one-year-old British writer E.M. Forster embarks on his second trip to India after an absence of eight years. Forster would turn his observations of the country into his fifth and most critically acclaimed novel, A Passage to India, published in 1924. The novel explored racism and colonialism through the story of an English tourist who accuses a respected Indian doctor of attacking her.
Forster was born in London in 1879, the son of an architect. His father died before he was two, and he spent most of his childhood with his mother and a great-aunt in an old house called Rooksnest, which later became the model for the country estate portrayed in Howard’s End. Forster was teased and tormented mercilessly at the private school he attended as a day student and remained shy and timid throughout the rest of his life. However, he found intellectual companionship during his university years at King’s College, Cambridge, where he joined a secret society of intellectuals called the Apostles.
Forster began contributing essays and stories to the newly formed Independent Review in 1903 and published his first novel, Where Angels Fear to Tread, two years later. Like his later books, the novel looked at English discomfort with foreign cultures. Forster traveled widely, visiting Greece, Italy, and India, and later served with the Red Cross in Alexandria, Egypt, from 1915 to 1919. Forster made many close friends among the intellectual and literary “Bloomsbury set,” including Virginia Woolf.
Forster published five novels by 1924 and received an honorary fellowship from his alma mater in 1946, which allowed him to live in Cambridge for the rest of his long life. Although Forster lived to be 91, he published no novels in his lifetime after A Passage to India, although a sixth novel, Maurice, which dealt with homosexuality, was published after his death.