ACROSS THE HIMALAYAN GAP
we first conceived this volume two years ago we had no idea that the baby
would have been so fat as it is now. The two years of delivering it has
taken off an extra ounce of fatness from all of us. It has been a long
course of soliciting, praying, hoping against hope, ecstasy of receipt of
intellectual properties, and, then, reading, typing, keying in,
translating different software systems into out Apple Mackintosh (of which
the spell check fails), checking, re-checking, re-rechecking, editing,
discovering errors and unifying Chinese spellings, etc. Being its editor,
I truly realize how limited is the capacity
have a very long list to offer my gratitude, but if I spell out, this page
of “Acknowledgements” would become a thick “Who’s Who”. The
readers have a chance to come across the names of all the contributors in
a number of places so that I may be excused for not thanking them one by
one. Here, I wish to say that only after we fail to obtain valuable
writings from some eminent people did we treasure our success from other
eminent personalities. “Time is money” that is why it is so difficult
to have it dropped on one’s begging palm. I would put more emphasis and
say: “Time is gold”. ‘The value of gold that we are denied makes
what we hold doubly treasurable. Many of the articles enshrining this
volume belong to the ‘to be chewed and digested” category of Francis
Bacon’s classifications. As we do not have the resources to pay, we get
them as labour of love. And love is what no money can buy. To be loved by
so many is an immense reward to our own labour of love too. The book will
perpetuate this noble love story.
I shall fail my duty if I do not thank Dr. Karan Singh who has never with
held a “yes” to my demand. He inaugurated our Seminar on “India and
China Looking at Each Other” held in September, 1996, and sent us his
“Preface” just by the asking. Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan is always a friend,
guide and philosopher to me. It was her inspiration that has created this
book. Kapilaji, as the Academic Director of The Indira Gandhi National
Centre for the Arts, has given us enormous moral and material support to
our endeavour. Besides, we have also got an article in her name with her
should also thank Dr. Ravni Thakur for coming to our rescue when we were
behind schedule. She is a China scholar and fluent in English. As
Assistant Editor, she did free me from a lot of burden in proof reading.
Besides, she also made editorial touches to some of the articles to
enhance their quality. Because of time constraint, we could not implement
many of her good suggestions.
Last hut not least, I want to register my thanks to my colleagues of the East Asian Rogranune (EAP) unit of IGNCA. Dr. Radha Banerjee and Ms. Sudhanshi Vasudev have helped me in doing almost everything: from getting the intellectual properties to processing them including proof reading. Ms. Rajni Adlakha, my secretary, was very cooperative and uncomplaining when I involved her to share my over burden. We also had an excellent and dedicated helper in Mr. Dharam Vir Pandey. We depended on him for not only keying materials into the computer with great speed, but also for putting all materials into page-maker, etc. It was his unbounded zeal and many a sleepless night that have prevented this book from farther delay.
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