Amrita Pritam was one of the most popular Punjabi writers. She is considered the first female Punjabi poetess. She has written over 100 books, including her acclaimed autobiography, Raseedi Ticket. She was awarded the second-highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibhushan. She was the first female writer ever to receive the Sahitya Akademi Award. She was also awarded India's highest literary award, the Jnanpith Award. She rose to fame with her Punjabi poem, 'Ajj Aankhan Vaaris Shah Nu', which details the inhuman violence in Punjab at the time of India's Partition in heartbreaking detail. It won acclaim on both sides of the India-Pakistan border.Raseedi Ticket is Amrita Pritam's celebrated autobiography, which tells us how she felt distressed at the influence of hate; she was traumatised by the horrors of the Partition, out of which her poem 'Vaaris Shah' was born. Her autobiography says that a writer should not be afraid of criticism, no matter how hostile the world might become. The time between her intimacy with Sahir and deep friendship with Imroz is described beautifully. Reading this book is like being in a fever which takes you through every truth of the writer's life.
Amrita Pritam was an Indian maverick writer and poet. She is considered the first eminent female Punjabi writer, novelist and poet of the 20th century. Her writing is equally loved by the people of India and Pakistan. In her over 6 decades long career, she produced over hundred works, including poetry, essays, novels, biographies, etc. She was honoured with prestigious awards like the 'Sahitya Akademi,' 'Bharatiya Jnanpith,' and 'Padma Vibhushan' among many others. One of her most famous novels titled 'Pinjar' was made into a movie of the same name. She also penned an autobiography, in which she expressed her audacity by writing about her personal life, which might be considered 'controversial' by many, even in contemporary India. Amrita Pritam is most remembered for her poem, 'Ajj aakhaan Waris Shah nu.'