DR JAY SANKAR BASU is a globally published poet, critic and reviewer on a wide spectrum of subjects ranging from Critical Discourses on fiction and film studies to poetry in bilingual media of English and Bengali.
He authors his poems in the penname of JAY BASU, and he is currently working as Associate Professor of ELT [English Language Teaching] in Centre for Language, Translation and Cultural Studies, under the aegis of the School of Humanities of a premier [NAAC-accredited ‘A’ Grade] State University.
His childhood was spent in a part of Kolkata where a serene ambience of nature still prevailed unmolested by urban intrusion. His memory of howling jackals impressed his childhood consciousness so much so that even in his mellowing years he longs for them with a heartthrob. In his poems images of howling jackals, hooting owls, nocturnal birds, misty morning, descending gloom of evening or midnight starry sky and mystic glimpses are preponderant, undercut by frequent forays into the visceral actualities of life, alongside a gentle play of satire and humor on anything under the sun.
He did his Ph. D on the avant garde modernist English short story. He is an author, published from abroad and India, of Critical Studies on Fiction and Film Studies. He published altogether 44 ISBN-marked books of poetry and criticism. He was successively conferred the 74th & 75th Indian Independence Day Award of Honour by Gujarat Sahitya Academy (Govt. of Gujarat, India).
Lone Stars Magazine of Texas, USA, Literara Vocea of Romania, Pentasi B of China, Global Poetry Library, Global Poetry Fashion, and Serbian Anthology of World Poets, 2021, are a few among others to have featured Jay Basu as a World Poet, along with his biography and poems. He was also awarded the honour of a poet of excellence by WEWU, Hyderabad. Jay Basu is a contributor to several journals/anthologies such as Mirror’s Literary Criticism, The Gorkha Times, Cascades: The Teachers’ Treasure Trove, Anthology of Confluence Sensibility, A Rendezvous of Words, and Serbian Anthology of Word Poets. Dr Jay Basu co-authored a book of poetry, titled The Luminous Halo, with Dr Jernail S Aanand, celebrated Indian author writing in English.
His college and university days were turbulent on the crest of Naxalite movements during the late seventies. His tilt to left-wing politics petered out as a sequel to his disenchantment with its deviation from the Marxist ideals. Quietly severing his fledgling tryst with left politics he refocussed his interest on academic studies and creative writing on entering the educational precincts as a young lecturer in English at the age of 23.
Dr Jay Basu has been teaching the English Language and Literature at the highest rungs of academic hierarchy over more than the last three decades. At present, he is working as Associate Professor of ELT at CLTCS (Centre for Language, Translation and Cultural Studies) under the aegis of School of Humanities, NSOU, a UGC NAAC - accredited ‘A’ Grade premier State Open University. He is a globally published author on a wide spectrum of subjects ranging from Critical Discourses on fiction and film studies to poetry in bilingual media of English and Bengali.