Desani's Writings: Papers, and Lectures

The following is an incomplete list of G.V. Desani's non-fictional writings.

Contributions

  • India for the Plain Hell of It, The New Yorker, June 23, 1997, India issue. 
  • The Illustrated Weekly of India, mostly 1960-1968:
  • The Writers Workshop Selection: Modern Indian Poetry in English, P. Lal (ed.), Writers Workshop, Calcutta, 1969 (pp. 9).
  • Modern Indian Poetry in English, An Anthology, P. Lal (ed.), two verses with notes (pp. 127-134), Calcutta, 1969.
  • T.S. Eliot, nine pages (with others), Calcutta, 1970.
  • Indian Horizons, Mostly Concerning Kāmā and her Immortal Lord, Vol. xxii, No. 1, January, 1973, India Council of Cultural Relations, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, 1973, 42 pages, with illustrations, translated into Arabic, Spanish, and French.
  • I Believe ..., K. Singh (ed.), 11 pages in a composite essay book, Hind Kitab, Delhi, 1974. The I Believe essays also appeared over several issues in The Illustrated Weekly of India. See An Indian View of God, Cosmos, Love, Marriage, Sex, et cetera.
  • ACLAL Bulletin, "Rudyard Kipling's Evaluation of His Mother", (University of Mysore), Fourth Series, No. 3, January, 1976. Published in Hali and Collected  Stories (McPherson Press).
  • Awakened Conscience: Studies in Commonwealth Literature, C.D. Narasimhaiah, Chapter 34, "Difficulties of Communicating an Oriental to a Western Audience," pp. 7, Sterling Publishers, New Delhi, 1978.
  • Individual and Community in Commonwealth Literature, D. Massa (ed.) "A Marginal Comment on the Problem of Medium in Bicultures", (pp. 8), University Press, 1979.
  • Boston University Journal, "Down with Philosophy", January, 1979. Also published in Hali and Collected  Stories (McPherson Press) and previously contributed to the University of Texas at Austin, Department of Philosophy.
  • "Civil Disobedience, As a Means of Attaining Social and Political Ends as Practiced in South Africa and India by M.K. Gandhi," Colloquium, University of Texas at Austin, Department of Philosophy, Nov. 16, 1979.
  • University College Quarterly, "A Passage to MidWest U.S.A. – Fly High to Chicago!", p. 24, May, 1979, Michigan State University, East Lansing, 1979.

Papers, Essays and Comments, 1968-1979

  • Department of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin:
    • "Rudyard Kipling's Evaluation of His Mother," 1968. Published in Hali and Collected  Stories (McPherson Press).
    • "Civil Disobedience as a Means of Attaining Social and Political Ends As Practiced by M.K. Gandhi," 1970.
    • "How Is the Inexpressible To Be Expressed?", 1970 (drawn from All About H. Hatterr and Hali).
    • "Down With Philosophy," 1970. Also published in Hali and Collected  Stories (McPherson Press).
    • "The Mandatory Interview With the Dean."
  • An academic paper, Mostly Concerning Kāmā and her Immortal Lord, appearing in 1973 in Indian Horizons (PDF).
  • The Yellow Text of Theravada Buddhism, a classroom anthology compiled by Prof. G.V. Desani, printed in Austin with permission of Buddhist Publication Society, Kandy, Sri Lanka, 1973. Includes several instructor's notes:
    • Excepts from the Class Prospectus (1937)
    • On the Doctrine of Anatta and the Bodhisattva Ideal
    • Introduction in Buddhist Techniques
    • Vinnana Kiccha (text and comments)
  • "Bhakti Yoga," paper read at the Southwestern Conference on Asian Studies, University of Houston, October, 1975.
  • "An Imageless Image," paper read at the Symposium in Comparative World Humanities, Michigan State University, East Lansing, May, 1976, sponsored by the Honors College, College of Arts and Letters, the University College and the Asian Center under a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.
  • "Certain Difficulties Connected with Communicating an Oriental to a Western Audience," paper read to the Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, Fourth Triennial Conference, Jawaharlal University, New Delhi, January, 1977.
  • "Seminar on 'Mind'," jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Health and Planning, Government of India, Center for Theoretical Studies, Indian Institute of Science, National Institute of Health and NeuroScience and the Institute of Comparative Religion and Philosophy, Jammu, Kashmir, January, 1977.
  • "Problem of Medium in Bicultures," paper read at the Associations of Commonwealth Literature and Languages Studies, University of Malta, April, 1978.
  • "Theravada Buddhism," (outline with bibliography), Department of Religion, Boston University, 1979.
  • "Patanjali's Raja Yoga," (outline with bibliography), Department of Religion, Boston University, 1979.
  • "Peanuts Cum Sale," Department of Religion, Boston University, 1979.

Lectures & Interviews

  • "India Invites," New College, Oxford and Trinity College, Cambridge.
  • "Patanjala Yoga Philosophy," Rhodes House, Oxford.
  • Yoga and Vipassana Meditation, Rangoon, Burma, Residence of the Ambassador of Israel, January, 1961.
  • First year lectures on Theravada Buddhism and yoga, University of Texas at Austin, 1968 (tape recorded and transcribed).
  • Ethics, Nirvana & Sundry Items, KC (Kishinchand Chellaram) College, Mumbai (Bombay), 1968.
  • "Indian Occultism," University of Chicago, 1968.
  • "Technique in All About H. Hatterr," University of Sussex, 1970.
  • "Indian Cultural Values Versus Western Cultural Values," the Embassy of India, Moscow, U.S.S.R., 1970.
  • "How Does Crisis in Civilization Affect India?", Plan II, three lectures, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, 1971.
  • "Quality of Life," faculty-student discussion, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, 1971.
  • "Bhakti Yoga, Its Theory and Practice," Southwestern Conference on Asian Studies, University of Houston, Houston, 1975.
  • Lecture at the Mahabodhi Society of India, Calcutta, April 1, 1977.
  • "Banaras, City of God," XIII Annual Conference, Boston Institute of Religion and Philosophy, 1979. (Similar or identical to "The Benares That Was", literary magazine ANON, 1970.)
  • "Gandhi's Challenge to Authority," public lecture, sponsored by President John Silber, Boston University, 1981.
  • "Has India Anything to Teach to the United States?", announcement, public lecture, sponsored by President John Silber, Boston University, 1981.
  • A two-part taped interview, July, 1989, just days before Desani turned 80. Currently available on YouTube:

Journals

  • For decades Desani kept a journal which at his death comprised many documents. Some -- if not all -- of these writings are were donated to the University of Texas at Austin Ransom Center in 2007. Desani's last published piece, India for the Plain Hell of It, The New Yorker, June 23, 1997, utilized excerpts from the journals to provide an autobiographical narrative of his return to India in the early '50s.

Other Activities and Honors, 1969-1982

  • All About H. Hatterr was a textbook in courses taught at American University, Leeds University (1969), University of Sussex (1969), and University of Mysore.
  • British Council Library, inclusion in the exhibition of All About H. Hatterr (Penguin Modern Classics edition), Bombay, July, 1977.
  • Room dedicated to the convenience of Tibetan pilgrims to holy places, Calcutta, Mahabodhi Society, on behalf of the Theravada Philosophy class, University of Texas at Austin for a friend in the Theravada Buddhism class.
  • Original palm leaf manuscript in Tamilian script, entitled Naradanadi, donated to Boston University, 1981.
  • European Illustration, 1983, jury selection of the cover (in color) by Catherine Denvir for Penguin Books (King Penguin) of G.V. Desani's All About H. Hatterr.