Harishankar Parsai

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Harishankar Parsai
Born August 22, 1924
Hoshangabad district, Central Provinces and Berar, British India
Died August 10, 1995 (aged 70)
Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India
Occupation Writer

Harishankar Parsai (Hindi: हरिशंकर परसाई) (August 22, 1924 – August 10, 1995) was a Hindi writer. He was a noted satirist and humorist of modern Hindi literature and is known for his simple and direct style. He wrote vyangya (hindi satire) articles.

He was born in Jamani village near Itarsi in Hoshangabad district, Madhya Pradesh. He completed his M.A. in Hindi from R.T.M. Nagpur University. After pursuing writing along with his service for some time, he quit his job and took writing as a full-time career. He settled in Jabalpur (M.P) and started a literature magazine called Vasudha. Despite it being highly praised, he had to stop the magazine after the publication suffered economic losses.[1]

Parsai died on August 10, 1995 in Jabalpur. According to The Hindu, by the time of his death, Parsai had revolutionised the art of satire writing in Hindi.[2]

He won Sahitya Akademi Award in 1982, for his satire, "Viklaang Shraddha Ka Daur" 'विकलांग श्रद्धा का दौर'[3]

  • Hari Shankar Parsai used to give answers of readers in a column "POOCHHIYE PARSAI SE" in a Hindi News paper DESHBANDHU published from Raipur and Jabalpur.

All Works

Sattire Collections:

  • Premchand Ke Phate Jootey (प्रेमचंद के फटे जूते)
  • Jaisé Unké Din Firé (जैसे उनके दिन फिरे)
  • Vaishnav Ki Fislan (वैष्णव की फ़िसल0
  • Tirchchi Rekhayein (तिरछी रेखाएं)
  • Nindaa Ras (निंदा रस)
  • Thithurta Hua Ganatantra (ठिठुरता हुआ गणतन्त्र)
  • Hanste Hai Rote Hai(हँसते है रोते है)
  • Tab Ki Baat(तब की बात)
  • Sadachar Kaa Taabij( सदाचार का तावीज)

Essay Writings:

  • Bhoot Ke Paon Peeche(भूत के पाँव पीछे)

Novels:

  • Rani Naagphani Ki Kahani (रानी नागफनी की कहानी)

Short Novels:

  • Tut Ki Khoj( तट की खोज)
  • Jwala Aur Jul(ज्वाला और जल)
  • Viklaang Shraddhaa ka daur
  • Do naak waale log

References

  1. ^ Date of birth August 22, 1924, per Manas Publishing, in Inspector Matateen on The Moon
  2. ^ Nobody's Cheerleader, The Hindu
  3. ^ Awards 1955–2007 Sahitya Akademi Official website.
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