This time with the story 'Paheli' by author Upendranath Ashk. He was the first Hindi dramatist to receive the 'Sangeet Natak Akademi Award' for playwriting in 1965. Born in Jalandhar, Punjab; he began composing Punjabi couplets at the age of 11, and began writing in Urdu in 1926. He published his first collection of short stories titled Nau Ratan in 1930, while still in college. Post graduation, he worked as a reporter for Lala Lajpat Rai's newspaper Vande Mataram, and then worked his way up to becoming the assistant editor for the daily Veer Bharat, and the weekly Bhoochal. His second collection of short stories Aurat ki Fitrat was published in Hindi in 1933, with an introduction by Munshi Premchand himself. He worked for All India Radio as a playwright and Hindi advisor, flanked by colleagues like Sa'adat Hasan Manto, Miraji, Krishan Chander and Rajinder Singh Bedi. He also worked as a dialogue and screenplay writer for the production company Filmistan. While in Bombay, Ashk wrote the play Tutan se Pahale which was produced for the stage by Balraj Sahni.
The reading will be followed by our usual mind-provoking interactive session with the audience.