I teach English at the Department of Linguistics and Translation Studies, College of Languages and Translation, King Saud University. I was born on September 13, 1955, in Patna, the capital city of Bihar, in the eastern region of India, and was given the birth name Syed Shah Sarwar Hussain. I spent my school days in an Australian Catholic missionary school, and after finishing my school, joined Patna University, (Bihar, India) from where I took a Master’s degree in English literature. I received my doctorate in 1985 from Patna University on Stephen Spender, the famous ‘thirties poet. I have been teaching English for the past thirty-five years, sixteen of them in India, and the rest in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I taught English in Magadh University, Bihar, between 1981 and 1987, was a faculty member in the Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, from 1988 to 1996, and joined the College of Languages and Translation at King Saud University, Riyadh, the same year. I have been married over 30 years and have three grown children. I have also published anthologies of my English translations of Urdu short stories and a critical study on the poetry of Stephen Spender, one of the prominent English poets of the ‘thirties generation.
A serious and aspiring writer and translator, I have several research papers to my credit, in various on-line and international print journals. The four books that I have published include ‘Ideology and the Poetry of Stephen Spender’ (1988), ‘Despairing Voices’ (2011), ‘Ashes in the Fire’ (2012), and ‘The Eastern Brew’ (2013). My two books, ‘Nameless Lanes’, and ‘Scattered Leaves’ are waiting for publication. My anthology of my own short stories, ‘The Blue-Bleak Embers’, and a collection of my poems, ‘The Meandering Muse’ are next in the pipeline.