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Maithili Sharan Gupt is an eminent modern Hindi poet more popular by the epithet of Rashtrakavi. He was born in Chirgaon, Jhansi on 3rd August, 1886. Since he disliked school his father Seth Ramcharan Gupta arranged for his studies at their home. As a child, he was taught Sanskrit, English and Bengali. Initially Maithili Sharan Gupt wrote poems in magazines such as Saraswati. His first chief work to be published was Rang Mein Bhang in [...]

Mahadevi Verma, a famous Hindi poet and writer, was born in 1907, in Farrukhabad in a family of lawyers. She was the eldest among her four siblings. She received her education at Jabalpur,Madhya Pradesh and was married to Dr. Swarup Narayan Verma at an early age. After marriage she continued to live with her family and receive education. She went to Allahabad University for higher education and obtained her Master’s degree in Sanskrit from Allahabad [...]

Kamleshwar is a renowned journalist and literary figure of the 20th century. His full name was Kamleshwar Prasad Saxena, who was famous for his short stories. He was born on 6th January, 1932 in the District of Mainpuri of Uttar Pradesh. He was the Additional Director General, of India’s national television channel Doordarshan. He was also the editor of a Hindi dailies like Dainika Jagarana, and Dainika Bhaskara. He was also the editor of the [...]

Kamlaa Das, one of the outstanding poets of India, writing in English and Malayalam, was born on March 31, 1934 in Malabar in Kerala. Influencd by her uncle Nalapatta Narayan Menon, a prominent writer, she began writing poetry at an early age. A trailblazer in the Indian English poetry, she is the first Indian woman writing in English who openly talks about the sexual desires and experiences of Indian women. She abandoned the secure field [...]

Rasipuram Krishnaswami Ayyar Narayanaswami, or R. K. Narayan, is one of the most celebrated Indian novelists writing in English. This master storyteller was born on October 10, 1906 in Madras or present day Chennai. Most of his stories were set in the fictional South Indian town of Malgudi. His works captured the essence of ordinary life. His first novel ‘Swami and Friends’ was published in 1935. Besides novels, he wrote short stories, travelogues, condensed versions [...]

Booker prize winner Kiran Desai was born in India on September 3, 1971. She did her education in Delhi and England, before moving to the United States to study creative writing, and wrote the novel Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard during this period. Her mother is the equally famous author Anita Desai, whose three books have been short listed for the Booker Prize (Clear Light of Day in 1980, In Custody in 1984 and Fasting, [...]

Last Updated – 11 July 2019 ***** Jhumpa Lahiri: Indian American Author Jhumpa Lahiri Vourvoulias was born as Nilanjana Sudeshna on July1,1967 in London, and brought up in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. Jhumpa won the Pulitzer Prize in the year 2000 for Debut Fiction for her book Interpreter of Maladies, the first Asian to do so. An Indian American author of Bengali origin, she did her Bachelors in English literature from Barnard College in 1989, following it up [...]

The famous Indian poet, novelist, travel writer and biographer, Vikram Seth was born in Kolkata on June 20, 1952. He lived with his family in a number of cities including Batanagar, near Kolkata,in West Bengal Patna and London. His father worked with Bata India Limited. He has lived in London for many years now.He studied at The Doon School in Dehradun, before going on to study in the United Kingdom. He moved on to Stanford [...]

About V-S-Naipaul Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, a British novelist was born on August 17, 1932, in Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago. His forefathers hailed from Gorakhpur in eastern Uttar Pradesh. A recepient of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1990. Married to Nadira Naipaul, his works have been criticized by many for his allegedly unsympathetic portrayal of the Third World. His views on the rise of Hindutva [...]

Raja Rao, the famous Indian English writer, was born on 8th November 1908 in Hassan,Karnataka. He lost his mother at the age of four, which left a lifelong impression on him. This could be the reason for the absence of mother and orphanhood being recurring themes in his work. He received his early education at a Muslim school and later went to Aligarh Muslim University. He graduated from Madras University with English and History. He [...]