Questions tagged [premchand]

Questions about the works of Dhanpat Rai, better known under his pen name Premchand (1880–1936) or his life as a writer. Use with the tag [urdu-literature] for (early) works originally written in Urdu or with [hindi-literature] for works originally written in Hindi.

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What happened to Mohini?

In Premchand's short story "The Desired Destination" (first published in 1911, available here in its original Urdu), the narrator is in love with a girl named Mohini and opens by saying that ...
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"Even though he was a Sikh, he had no liking for sports."

In the short story "Sorrow's Reward" by Premchand (originally published in Urdu as "Sila-e Maatam"), the protagonist abandons all thought of his promised wife Kumudini and mourns ...
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Why has this Premchand story been translated as both "Catastrophe" and "A Positive Change"?

There is a Premchand short story whose original Hindi title is "Vidhwans"; it's been translated into English as "Catastrophe", as seen here, but the same story has also been ...
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Which Premchand stories are written in Hindi and which in Urdu?

The Indian writer Premchand started off writing in Urdu, and started writing Hindi stories later in his career. According to Wikipedia: In 1914, Munshi Premchand started writing in Hindi (Hindi and ...
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Who are all these writers referred to by Premchand?

The first paragraph of Premchand's (true?) short story "My First Composition" (available on the Internet Archive) is: At the time my age was about thirteen years. I was quite ignorant of ...
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What did it mean for Pandit Udaybhan Pandey to own the entire village?

In Catastrophe by Munshi Pramchand, the main character (a woman named Bhungi) "lived in Pandit's village... [who] had the full authority to make her do any sort of odd job." He was described ...
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Why was Bhungi poor in spite of having an apparently thriving business?

In Catastrophe by Munshi Premchand, a woman owned a parching oven. Apparently, business was quite good: "The village folk have one meal a day of parched grain, so there was always a crowd around ...
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Why was 50 considered old in Premchand's day?

The main character of the Catastrophe short story (in the collection Short Stories by Munshi Premchand) was descried as "an old, childless widow" who "didn't own either a scrap of land ...
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Has the text of Premchand's banned short-story collection Soz-e-Watan survived?

In 1907, Dhanpat Rai, who later adopted the pen name Premchand, published his first collection of short stories, entitled Soz-e-Watan. These stories were "full of patriotic fervour" (Mahmud, ...