Subhash Jaireth was born in Khanna, a small town in the Punjab. A speaker of Hindi, Russian and English, he studied at Patrice Lumumba People's Friendship University in Moscow between 1972 and 1978, gaining a Certificate of Journalism, a Diploma of Interpretation and Translation, a Master of Science degree and a Doctor of Philsopohy degree in Geology.
Subhash has lectured in Geology at the University of Roorkee, India, and in Australia has worked as a research fellow in Geology at James Cook University, Townsville from 1988. He has been a member of the Townsville Arts Council and read at the Yongala Lodge, Townsville in 1988 and 1990. With the assistance of Elizabeth Perkins, Subhash has translated some of Hindi poems into English. He has undertaken doctoral studies in Australian Literature at the Australian National University.
Subhash has published poems in Hindi, Russian and English, and his major works include a collection of Hindi poems Before the Bullet Hit Me (1994) and a verse-narrative in English Unfinished Poems for Your Violin (1996).
His PhD thesis (1996) from Australian National University 'Theatre of the Times of Socrates, Lunin and Nero : Time and Space in Edvard Radzinskii's Trilogy "Theatre of the times ..."' was on the Russian playwright Edvard Radzinskii.
'These stories explore the nature of love, loss and memory: central to them is the uneasiness the narrators feel about their place in the world. A critical moment in the life of each narrator illuminates these themes in remarkable ways. For instance, in the story "Walter Benjamin’s Pipe" the narrator wants to comprehend that critical moment when Walter Benjamin, the famous Jewish-German philosopher and literary critic, decided to end his life. In the story "Bach (Pau) in Love," the famous Catalan cellist Pablo Casals imagines the situation which would have inspired Bach to compose his six suites for cello. In the story "Anna and Fyodor in Basel," Anna, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s wife waits for that moment when Holbein’s famous painting about the dead Christ makes its appearance in the novel The Idiot. In "The Quartz Hill," a Cantonese photographer looks at the prints of Paddy Bedford’s paintings about the Bedford Downs massacre and decides to visit Halls Creek in search for her Gija grandmother’s roots.' (Publication summary)