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Publisher:Sahitya Akademi
Published In:2009
ISBN-10:8172015275
ISBN-13:9788172015275
Binding Type:Hardback
Weight:1.77 lbs
Pages:pp. vi + 477

The Title "Anthology of Hindi Short Stories" is written by Bhisham Sahni. This book was published in the year 2009. The ISBN number 8172015275|9788172015275 is assigned to the Hardback version of this title. This book has total of pp. vi + 477 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Sahitya Akademi. We have about 1811 other great books from this publisher. Anthology of Hindi Short Stories is currently Not Available with us.You can enquire about this book and we will let you know the availability.

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Anthology of Hindi Short Stories, which originally appeared under the title Hindi Kahani Sanghrah is an excellent selection by Bhisham Sahni of the best stories written in Hindi during the last few decades. It features over 25 stories by well known writers like Amrit Lal Nagar, Bhisham Sahni, Mohan Rakesh, Amrit Rai, Kamleshwar, Markandaya, Nirmal Verma, Mannu Bhandari and Ram Darash Mishra. The stories are marked by a wide variety of themes, mostly related to contemporary social life, like alienation, loneliness, weariness, and the crisis of values.

This English translation retains the flavour and charm of the original in Hindi and is a must for those who desire to have a glimpse of the richness of contemporary Hindi literature.

Contents

1. Introduction/Bhisham Sahni
2. The Queen of Hearts/Phaneshwar Nath 'Renu'
3. Lord of the Rubble/Mohan Rakesh
4. Two Faiths/Amritlal Nagar
5. The Soul of Bhola Ram/Hari Shankar Parsai
6. Before Daybreak/Amrit Rai
7. The Midday Meal/Amarkant
8. Wang Chu/Bhisham Sahni
9. Lost Directions/Kamleshwar
10. Where Lakshmi is Imprisoned/Rajendra Yadav
11. The Cherry Tree/Ram Kumar
12. The Swan Flies Alone/Markandaya
13. The Miller of Kosi/Shekhar Joshi
14. My Enemy/Krishan Baldev Vaid
15. Exorcism/Shailesh Matiyani
16. Nanho/Shivprasad Singh
17. The Encircling Clouds/Krishna Sobti
18. Birds/Nirmal Verma
19. Trishanku/Mannu Bhandari
20. Return/Usha Priyamvada
21. The Paperweight/Giriraj Kishore
22. The Parrot/Hridayesh
23. Hell-Bound/Shaani
24. The Road/Ram Darash Mishra
25. The Gong/Gyanranjan
26. Encounter/Mudrarakshash
27. Disturbance/Ramakant
28. The Splinter/Govind Mishra
29. Go Your Way, Baba!/Kashinath Singh
30. Cake/Asghar Wajahat
31. The Return of the Assassins/Mithileshwar

Contributors

1. Phaneshwar Nath 'Renu' (1921-1977), Born in a village in Bihar, he was at a very early age caught in the maelstrom of politics and played an important role in the 'Quit India' movement. "Though he was imprisoned and suffered from physical disabilities, he relentlessly carried on with his literary activities. He was the leading light of the generation of 'Nai Kahani' and shot into fame with his first novel Maila Anchal in 1954 which broke new ground in Hindi fiction. In his fiction he made deft use of local dialect superimposing it on chaste and virile Hindi with all its overtones and undertones. One of his stories Teesri Kasam (The Third Vow) was filmed.

His next novel Parti Parikatha appeared in 1957 followed by another novel Dirghtapa. His more prominent stories were published in three separate collections

2. Mohan Rakesh (1925-1972), An outstanding name in Hindi fiction, he initiated the 'New Story’ movement in Hindi. After some teaching stints in various colleges in Bombay, Delhi and Jullundur, he adopted writing as his main profession and devoted all his time to it. For a year he also edited Sarika. His writings include six collections of short stories, three novels and three plays. He reached his pinnacle of glory with his plays Ashar Ka Ek Din and Adhe Adhure. He was the recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and was also awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship

3. Amrit Lal Nagar (1916-1990), Born in 1916 at Agra in a Gujarati family settled in Uttar Pradesh, he had to struggle his way up in life. A writer with a social conscience and a humanistic vision, he has thirteen novels, ten collections of stories, thirty plays, besides other works to his credit. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to Hindi literature he was honoured with the Soviet Land Nehru Award, the U.P. Sangeet Natak Academy Award, the Bhartiya Bhasha Parishad Award, and the Sahitya Akademi Award and was also honoured by the President of India with the Padmabhushan and the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship

4. Hari Shankar Parsai (b. 1924), Born in a village in Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh, Parsai did his M. A. in Hindi from the Nagpur University. After a short stint in the Forest Department at the age of 18, after completing his education he adopted teaching as his career but gave it up in 1957 to devote all his time to writing. He also started a literary magazine with his own financial recourses but had to abandon it due to recurring losses. For several years he wrote regular columns in prestigious journals such as Nor Duniya, Nat Kahani, Kalpana and later on Ganga. He has two collections of stories, two novels and several volumes of literary essays to his credit. He won the Sahitya Akademi Award in Hindi for his book Viklang Shradha Ka Daur.

Parsai appeared on the literary horizon as a humorist. His humour has a strong social content and is replete with biting satire matched by no other writer.

5. Amrit Rai (b. 1921), He did his M.A. in English Literature from the Allahabad University. During his student days he was attracted towards Marxism which he viewed with an open mind maintaining that no philosophy can be greater than life. His published works include seven novels, eight collections of short stories, three plays, and a number of volumes on humour and literary criticism. One of his most outstanding books, Kalam Ka Sipahi, Premchand's biography, won him the Sahitya Akademi Award in Hindi. He also edited Hans, the magazine founded by his father, Premchand, for ten years. He was conferred the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship. He is also a recipient of the Soviet Land Nehru Award and the Dwivageesh Samman

6. Amarkant (b. 1925), Born in Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh in 1925, Amarkant was educated at the Allahabad University. His stories are marked by deep insight, compassion and a tantalising streak of satire. With five collections of short stories and half a dozen novels, he has carved a permanent place for himself in Hindi fiction. He has also been a regular contributor to Hindi journals

7. Bhisham Sahni (b. 1915), Born in Rawalpindi (now in Pakistan), Bhisham Sahni was educated at Government College, Lahore from where he took his Master's degree in English Literature. After coming to Delhi he taught in a college. He worked as a translator at the Foreign Languages Publishing House in Moscow for about seven years and on returning to India resumed teaching. So far he has published eight collections of short stories, four novels, three plays, a biography of his brother Balraj Sahni and several translations. He won the Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel Jamas

8. Kamleshwar (b. 1932), Born in Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh, he holds a place of eminence in Hindi literature having distinguished himself as a short story writer and novelist. He has also been associated with films. He was the first editor of the Hindi magazine Nai Kahatriyan and subsequently also edited Sarika, Katha Yatra, Ganga and the daily Jagaran. He also held the position of the Additional Director General of Doordarshan

9. Rajendra Yadav (b. 1929), Born in Agra, Rajendra Yadav graduated from the Agra College in 1951. Along with Mohan Rakesh and Kamleshwar he had a big hand in introducing the modem sensibility in Hindi fiction. His works comprise a dozen collections of short stories and seven novels. One of his novels, Sara Akash, was made into a film. Ke has also published a book of poetry, an anthology of Hindi short stories, and a book of literary criticism besides translating Chekhov and Camus in Hindi. He is associated with a publishing house and is the editor of Hans

10. Ram Kumar (b. 1924), Born in Shimla he did his M.A. in Economics from the Delhi University. He has distinguished himself as a writer and a painter. He lived for a long period in Paris and later in America. He has held several exhibitions in London, New York and Sao Paolo. Recipient of the Lalit Kala Akademi Award, and author of two novels, five volumes of short stories and a travelogue, his writing is marked by sophistication and a quiet charm where even a small detail has a telling effect as a brush stroke on canvas. His volume of short stories in English translation was published by the Writers Workshop, Calcutta

11. Shekhar Joshi (b. 1934), Born in Almora, he was educated at Ajmer and Dehradun and worked in a Defence Workshop from where he was since retired and now lives in Allahabad. His first story appeared in Dharmayug in 1955 which set him out on the course of writing, marked by a steady output that has claimed wide attention. He has five collections of stories to his credit, besides numerous other writings

12. Markandaya (b. 1932), Born in Keravat, in the Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh, he has made his mark as a short story writer. His outstanding collections of stories include : Pan aur Phool (1954), Hansa Jaie Akela (1960), Bhutan (1961), Sahaj aur Shubh (1964), Mahue ka Fed, Mahi, and Dana Bhusa Tattw Anya Kahanian (1980). His novel Agnibeej appeared in 1981. He has also a collection of one-act plays, Patthar aur Parchain

13. Krishan Baldev Vaid (b. 1927), Born in Dinga, Punjab, (now in Pakistan), he did his M.A. in English Literature from Camp College, New Delhi, having migrated to India after partition. He studied at Harvard on a Fullbright and Rockfeller Foundation Grant and received his Ph. D from Harvard in 1961. Later he taught at the Punjab University, Chandigarh. He was also the Visiting Professor at Brandes University and Chairman of the Dept. of English, State University of New York at Potsdam. With a subtle psychological slant in his stories and high literary virtuosity, Vaid had carved a niche for himself in contemporary Hindi fiction. His published works include six novels and six collections of short stories many of which including two novels having been translated into English and other languages. He has recently been published by Penguin India

14. Shailesh Matiyani (b. 1931), Born in 1931 in a village near Almora, he is a leading novelist and a story writer, having published a dozen novels, ten collections of stories, and a critical work, Junta aur Sahitya (The People and Literature). His works vividly describe the problems faced by the unprivileged sections of society. He also edits a journal published from Allahabad where he now lives

15. Shivprasad Singh (b. 1928), Born in Jalalpur village in the Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh, he did his M.A. and Ph.D from the Banaras Hindu University, where he began to teach Hindi, retiring in 1988 as Professor and Head of the Department. He is now a freelance writer and edits the literary journal, Sarokar.

He has published six collections of stories, five novels, five volumes of essays and four volumes of literary criticism beside a biography of Sri Aurobindo. His novel, Neeln Chand won him the Sahitya Akademi Award for 1990

16. Krishna Sobti (b. 1925), Born in Gujarat (now in Pakistan) in 1925, she was educated at Shimla, Lahore and Delhi! Her forte is the short story though she has equally distinguished herself in her novels which are marked by a virile diction and a bold approach characteristically her own. She has written eight novels and a collection of short stories. Her work Zindaginama won her the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1980. She is also the recipient of the Sahitya Shiromani Award

17. Nirmal Verma (b. 1929), Born in Shimla in 1929, he took his Master's degree in History from St. Stephen's College, Delhi. Between 1959 and 1968 he lived in Prague studying and translating Czech literature into Hindi. He left after the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia and returned to India. Acknowledged as the master of the short story in Hindi, his work, like Chekhov's allows the flow of life to find its own form in art. He has published four novels, five collections of short stories and several volumes of travelogue and essays. His collections of stories World Elsewhere and The Crows of Deliverance were recently published in England. He is also a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award

18. Mannu Bhandari (b. 1931), She obtained her Master's degree in Hindi from the Banaras Hindu University. She is now among the leading Hindi writers. Two of her stories have been made into successful films and a play based on her novel Mahabhoj has achieved notable success. She has eight collections of stories, four novels and some books for children to her credit. She has recently retired from the Miranda House, Delhi University, where she had been teaching Hindi

19. Usha Priyamvada (b. 1932), Born in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, she did her post-graduate in English from the Allahabad University. After a brief teaching stint at the University of Allahabad and Lady Shriram College, University of Delhi, she did her post-doctoral research at Indiana University, USA, as a Fullbright scholar. Currently she is a Professor at the University of Wisconsin. Her publications include three novels, four collections of stories and two biographies. She writes in Hindi and English

20. Giriraj Kishore (b. 1936), Born in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh, and educated at Agra, he started writing right from his school days. His published works include ten novels, seven collections of stories and half a dozen plays. At present, he is the Head of the Centre for Creative Writing and Publications, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

21. Hridayesh (b. 1930), Born in 1930 at Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh, Hridayesh is working at the District Court, Shahjahanpur. Ploughing a lonely furrow he has carved his way in the field of Hindi literature, maintaining a steady output. His first story was published in 1951 and since then he has published five novels and five collections of stories

22. Shaani (b. 1923), Gulsher Khan Shaani was born in Bastar, Madhya Pradesh. He began writing at the age of 20 and has so far published ten collections of short stories, four novels and a socio-anthropological travelogue on Bastar. His novel Kala Jal has been translated into English, Russian and Lithuanian. Recipient of the Shikhar Samman, he has for a number of years edited Samkaleen Bhartiya Sahitya, the Hindi journal published by the Sahitya Akademi

23. Ramakant, He did his M.A. in Hindi and after working with the Soviet Information Services for a number of years he relinquished his job to devote all his time to writing. His chief works are Doshi, (1979), Teesra Desh (1981) and Koi Aur Boat. His collections of short stories include Bhai Mukti and Ghar Ki Vitto. He was honoured with the Soviet Land Nehru Award for his contribution to literature

24. Ram Darash Mishra (b. 1924), Born in Dumri in the Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh, he did M. A. and Ph.D in Hindi Literature from the Banaras Hindu University. He was Professor of Hindi at the Delhi University for several years. His published works include ten novels, seven collections of short stories, seven volumes of poetry, a volume of belle lettres, a number of books on literary criticism and an autobiography in four volumes besides a travelogue on Korea

25. Gyanranjan (b. 1936), He attracted wide notice with his provocative short stories, particularly his collection, Fence Ke Idhar Udhar, published in 1967 and followed by Yatri and "Kshamjivi. Currently, he devotes all his time to Pahal, a literary magazine published by him

26. Mudrarakshash (b. 1932), Subhash Chandef, who writes under the pen name Mudrarak-shash, was born in a village near Lucknow. He did his M.A. in Philosophy from the Lucknow University whereafter he acted as the Assistant Editor of a prestigious Hindi literary magazine published from Calcutta. Later he joined the All India Radio at Delhi where he simultaneously wrote and acted in plays. He is known for his quaint experiments in poetry and daring incongruities on the stage. Tendua (The Leopard) and Gufaen (The Caves) are his two well known plays. He has also made his mark as a short story writer, having three collections of stories and two novels

27. Govind Mishra (b. 1939), Born at Banda in Uttar Pradesh, he did his M.A. in English literature from the Allahabad University and joined the Indian Revenue Service. He has published six novels, an equal number of collections of stories besides a travelogue and a volume of literary essays

28. Kashinath Singh (b. 1936), Born in Jeanpur near Banaras, he passed his Matriculation from the village school and did his M.A. and Ph.D. in Hindi literature from the Hindu University, Banaras where he subsequently held a position in the Hindi Faculty. He started writing in 1960 and has since published six collections of short stories, a novel and a play. Having Marxist leanings in politics he has also translated Polish, and Japanese writings into Hindi

29. Asghar Wajahat (b. 1946), Born at Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh, he did his M.A. and Ph.D. in Hindi Literature from the Aligarh University. He has published four collections of short stories, a number of plays and a novel, besides an anthology of progressive poetry. Currently, he is teaching Hindi at the Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi

31. Mithileshwar (b. 1950), He was born in Arrah in 'Bihar. Author of more than eight collections of stories he has carved a niche for himself as a short story writer in Hindi. His important collections include Meghnad Ka Nirney, Gaon Ke Log, Dusra Mahabharat, BandRaston Ke Beech and Chhah Mahilayen. He has also written a novel, Yudha sthal which was published in 1981

32. Jai Ratan (b. 1917), Jai Ratan was born in Ludhiana in 1917 and now lives in Delhi. He retired as a senior executive from a known business house of India. He was educated at the Forman Christian College, Lahore, from where he took a Master's degree in English literature. He is a founder member of Writers Workshop, Calcutta

Apart from writings of his own, he has translated extensively from Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi into English. He has over three dozen translations to his credit. He has also edited and has been published in several anthologies published in India and abroad. He is the recipient of the 'Divagish' Award for 1991 and very recently the Sahitya Akademi Prize for Translation (English) in 1992

About the Translator

Jai Ratan, the translator, was born in Ludhiana in 1917 and now lives in Gurgaon. Apart from writings of his own, he has translated extensively from Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi into English. He has over three dozen translations to his credit. He has also edited several anthologies. He is the recipient of the 'Dwivagish' Award (1991) and very recently the Sahitya Akademi Prize for Translation (English).

About the Compiler

Bhisham Sahni (1915-2003) born in Rawalpindi (now in Pakistan), was educated at Government College, Lahore. After coming to Delhi he taught in a college. He worked as a translator at the Foreign Language publishing house in Moscow for about seven years and on returning to India resumed teaching. So far he has published eight collections of short stories, four novels, three plays, a biography of his brother Balraj Sahni and several translations. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan for Literature in 1998 and Sahitya Akademi fellowship in 2002. For his novel Tamas, he won Sahitya Akademi Award in 1975.

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