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Diamond Oberoi Vahali

Associate Professor

PhD in Film Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University

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Education and Research Interests


Diamond Oberoi Vahali teaches English at AUD. She did her M.phil from H.P. University Shimla. Her MPhil thesis was related to the study of the Confessional Novel. She was awarded her PhD from JNU from the School of Language, Culture and Literature in 1998. Her PhD thesis was a semiological analysis of the cinema of Ritwik Ghatak. Between 2007 and 2008 she attended clinical workshops on Psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy, at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Delhi. For the past few years she has been interested in recording the dying oral folk tales, songs and stories of people living in Himachal. Her interest is also in translating stories by unknown authors or authors from very small places, published by little magazines all over India. She is also interested in pursuing research in documenting films and narratives that have dealt with people’s struggles.


Past Employment

Past Employment


Diamond Oberoi Vahali joined St Bede’s College Shimla in 1994. In 2006, she joined Daulat Ram College, University of Delhi. In January 2011, she joined Ambedkar University Delhi.



Selected list of Publications




Life and Times of Shanta Toofani: Story of a Survivor, co-authored with Dimple (Amreen) Oberoi Vahali, Published by Daanish Books, New Delhi, 2009, ISBN number-81-89654-76-4.


Once upon a time...:A Collection of Short Stories for B.A-11, Elective English course, H.P. University, Co-edited with Charu Sharma, published by Foundation Books (Cambridge University Press), Delhi, 2003, ISBN number-81-7596-172-4.


Chapters in Books

"Epic, Apertures and Spaces: Ritwik Ghatak and The Epic Tradition", in Signification in Language and Culture, edited by H.S. Gill, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, 2003, ISBN number-81-7986-015-9.


“Structure in Ritwik Ghatak’s Meghe Dhaka Tara” in Ajantrik, edited by Dipankar Bhattacharya, Published by Uttarpara Cine Club, Hooghli, West Bengal, 2000.



Translation of Premchand’s ‘Narak Ka Marg’, as ‘The Path to Hell’, published by Jamia Millia Islamia University, in the Collected Works of Premchand, Vol. II, Delhi, 2007


Articles/Research Papers


"Advaita Malla Burman's: Titash Ekti Nadir Naam", in Bede Atheneum: A Journal of Research Papers, St. Bede's College, Shimla, 2006.

"Voices from the Dark Cellar: A Psychological Exploration into Dostoyevsky's Notes from the Underground", Co-Authored with Honey Oberoi Vahali, Panjab University Research Bulletin, Vol. XXV1, No. 1&2 April-October 1995.

"In Search of Potent Fragments: The Old Playhouse and The Poetry of Kamla Das", Panjab University Research Bulletin, Vol. XX1V, April, 1993.


"John Fowles' The Collector: A Confession", Panjab University Research Bulletin, Vol. XX11, NO.2 October 1991.


"Intertexutality, Self-Consciousness and Self-Reflexivity in Iris Murdoch's The Black Prince", Panjab University Research Bulletin, Vol XX1, No.2 October 1990. 

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