Only yesterday I learnt of the sad demise of Prof. Som P. Ranchan, a scholar of international repute. Unfortunately , I never had a chance to be associated with him, as he joined the English faculty of Himachal University in the seventies after I had left . Friends who had stayed back for further studies had the good luck to be his students and to interact with him and were all praise for his learning and scholar ship . He was a teacher, novelist, poet, critic rolled into one and had done commendable work on Walt Whitman, the American poet. As an academician, he left his mark home and abroad. Years ago a friend had given me a book on Aurotherapy , authored by Prof. Ranchan. I had a brief meeting with him in December, 2012 when an acquaintance introduced me to him and we had tea together in some restaurant. It was a stimulating experience. It seems poetry runs in the blood . Two of his younger brothers namely Vijay Ranchan and Arvind Ranchan are acclaimed poets in Hindi and his daughter Renee has a published English poetry collection to her credit .
R I P Prof. Ranchan !