No discussion on Hindi literature is complete without the mention of the great writer, Munshi Premchand. He was a simple man and his simplicity reflects in his writings.
Dhanpat Rai Srivastav or Munshi Premchand as he was better known was born on 31st July 1880 in Lamhi, a village located near Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. He considered as one of the tallest icons in the field of modern Hindi and Urdu literature. When he was 7 years old, Dhanpat Rai began his education at a madrasa in Lalpur. Later, he was sent to a missionary school where he learned English.
His first short novel published was titled Asrar e Maabid (the Mystery of God’s Abode). This novel touched upon the topic of corruption among temple priests and exploitation of the poor sections of society.
The main characteristic of Premchand's writings is his interesting story-telling and use of simple language. Premchand has written about 300 short stories, several novels as well as many essays and letter, plays and translations.
Many of Premchand's stories have been translated into English and Russian. Godan, his last novel, is considered the finest Hindi novel of all times.
To honor this great writer India post has issued commemorative postage stamp.
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