Born: 21 June 1912
Died: 11 April 2009
- He was a Hindi writer.
- He had several short stories, novels, plays and travelogues to his credit.
- His works have elements of patriotism, nationalism and messages of social upliftment.
- He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1993, Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayan Award in 1995 and the Padma Bhushan (the third highest civilian honour of India) by the Government of India in 2004.
- Although mainly a story writer,he has written in almost all the genres of literature including poetry.
- Collection of his poems titled Chalta Chala Jaonga was published posthumously in the year 2010.
- He did not let himself limit to any special school of thought and it is reflected in his vast variety of works.
- Aawara Masiha, biography of Sharat Chandra Chatterjee and Ardhnarishwar, however remain the most awarded and widely acclaimed of his works.
- He was initially influenced by Munshi Premchand but later started following Sharatchandra.
- His works are said to be a mirror of modern Indian society.
- His works concentrate on the problems of today’s Indian society.
- In his drama, Tootate Parivesh, he writes about a modern family in which gaps between younger and older generation are increasing.
- His novel Koi To tells how corrupt politics has become in modern times.
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June 21, 2019