When a society changes, it is the people who bear the weight of it
the most. This book brings together stories from people’s lives, as
they carried on their cultural legacy, weaving it with modernity and
Handpicked gems of stories by veterans in the genre of short story
– such as Amarkant, Bhisham Sahni, Kamleshwar, Nirmal Varma
and Mohan Rakesh – have been combined with works of younger
writers who became the torch-bearers of the forward movement of
Of special interest are the works of women writers such as Krishna
Sobti and Mannu Bhandari, who made sure that women were heard
and read – loud and clear.
A collector’s delight, MODERN HINDI SHORT STORIES, spans almost half a century of literary
endeavour in the field of Hindi fiction – a period of intense literary activity, varied in its approach
and wide in its scope.
Modern Hindi Short Stories
Reading age :
All Age Groups
Bhisham Sahni came to Delhi at the time of Partition, and started teaching in a DU college. In
his lifetime, he published several novels, plays, an autobiography and his brother Balraj Sahni’s
biography. In the Foreword to this book, he highlights how Hindi stories have grown as a genre
and gives us insights into the world they capture.
Rajshree Bose holds a Master’s degree in Hindi, and has been an avid reader all her life. In
her Introduction and selection of these stories, we can see her insightful understanding of Hindi
literature, and also a reflection of a four-decade-long career as a teacher of Hindi.