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Dig Boy Dig

A Novel on Oil Exploration In Assam
Dipangkar Malla Baruah
Type: Print Book
Genre: Literature & Fiction, History
Language: English
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Description

Dig Boy Dig is a historical eponymous novel about oil exploration, the first commercial success in Asia, and the second in the world. It is a faithful and authentic translation of a best seller Assamese novel by the same name that captures the late 19th-century background of early oil exploration in Digboi, Assam with uncanny accuracy.

The story vividly narrates the discovery of oil serendipitously by elephants, the drilling of the first oil well in 1889, and the famous chanting of "dig boy, dig" by an engineer that encouraged the workers which is now a part of the romance—and the map of India as the town of Digboi as a mondegreen. The setting up of the refinery in 1901 was to revolutionize India economically, strategically, and geopolitically.

Dig Boy Dig narrates some wonderful fictional love stories spread across continents and epochs with the backdrop of those historical events and scenic banks of the River Brahmaputra, and the verdant tea estates, the source of the world-famous Assam Tea.

An intermixing and interplay of history with a few romantic stories of the present is educative as it is entertaining. We have Anupama, a university student from Digboi, Assam meeting Kevin, a researcher of oil and gas exploration of the world in Oxford. Kevin proposes to go to Digboi for his research work along with his girlfriend Clara, who is a student of cinematography and plans to shoot a documentary on oil exploration in Assam. When Anupama meets Nancy, Kevin’s ninety-year-old grandmother, she discovers that Nancy too longs to visit Assam.

This heady mix of emotions and human equations across time, clime, and region, and race makes for fascinating reading.

Dig Boy Dig is a must-read for all oil professionals and enthusiasts as it provides a glimpse of the hardship of their comrades of yesteryears. The novel will also be enjoyable for people who want to know about the glorious past of the oil and gas industry.

About the Author

About the Author:
Dipangkar Malla Baruah, a technocrat, has worked for more than 25 years in the oil and gas industry of India. His experience has yielded him a deep understanding, compassion, and intimacy especially when the workers of the field are involved.
Mr Malla Baruah, always close to Assamese culture, wrote a novel in 2015, Patkai Villa as a member of a Facebook group. The novel became very popular and it details the story of early oil exploration in Assam, the first commercially successful in Asia and second in the world. Later, the novel was serialized in a renowned Assamese bi-monthly magazine Prantik under the name of Dig Boy Dig. The plot the readers to those days when the Britishers were exploring crude oil in Assam. Banalata, a well-known publishing house in Assam brought out Dig Boy Dig in 2018. Its wide acclaim makes it, arguably, his crown achievement.

About the Translator:
Bikram Mojinder Baruah is a petroleum engineer and has started his career in Oil India Limited and has worked in various capacities and traveled widely in different parts of the world, in places like Mexico, Arab Emirates, Malaysia, and Nigeria.

Having read Dig Boy Dig the Assamese novel by Dipangkar Malla Baruah, his friend and colleague from his time with Oil India Limited, Mr. Baruah immediately sensed the potential of this novel to become an international best-seller. He immediately contacted Mr. Malla Baruah and offered to translate it into English for a far wider audience. Being in the same industry, Mr. Malla Baruah felt Mr. Baruah is well-placed to carry out the translation work of the novel and agreed to the proposal. Thus, this translated version emerged. This is a book that has a double commitment—Mr. Baruah’s dedication to his profession and camaraderie with its employees, and his involvement with his mother tongue, Assamese.

Book Details

ISBN: 9789356071018
Publisher: Bikram Mojinder Baruah
Number of Pages: 395
Dimensions: 6"x9"
Interior Pages: B&W
Binding: Paperback (Perfect Binding)
Availability: In Stock (Print on Demand)

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