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My Burning Hill is a long poem in fifty-six sections. Dr Rosaly Puthucheary wrote this long poem while taking on the perspective of her late brother, Dr James Puthucheary who played a major role in Singapore’s fight for independence from the British. Dr Rosaly puts into lyrical form, the motivation and actions of the towering figure of a man driven by a great purpose.
In this reflective and retrospective musing, the writer moves from one pertinent moment in the political history of Singapore since 1942 to another. By interlacing these political events with the depth of memory, the writer exalts the significance of each moment, both pleasant and unpleasant. The reader will also understand the sacrifices and struggles that are expected from individuals who have dedicated their lives to a great purpose.
About the Author
Rosaly Puthucheary, a Singaporean with roots in Johor Bahru taught English Literature in Anglo-Chinese Junior College from 1984 to 2001. She retired from teaching in 2001. The degree of Doctor of Philosophy was conferred on her in February 2006 from the National University of Singapore. Different Voices, published by the Institute of South East Asian Studies (ISEAS), and her first novel, The Tessellated Path, was launched together in 2009.
Dr Rosaly Puthucheary has been writing poems since 1952. Two volumes of poems, Pillow Your Dreams (1978) and The Fragmented Ego (1978), were reissued under the title Mirrored Mirages in 2008. Dance on His Doorsteps (1992), her third volume, was followed by her fourth, Footfalls in the Rain, in 2008. Her second novel, In the Wake of Terror, was published in 2012.