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"Panchlight and Other Stories" is an anthology of 10 short stories

“Panchlight and Other Stories” now in Urdu

Orient Black Swan recently released “Panchlight and Other Short Stories”. The book is a collection of 10 short stories of Phaniswar Nath Renu, one of Hindi's foremost writers, which have been translated into Urdu by Rakhshanda Jalil, director, Media and Culture at Jamia Millia Islamia.

Amidst the presence of noble laureates and scholars at India International Centre, the book was released by Jawahar Sircar, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Calling it a great work of translation, Sircar congratulated Rakhshanda for “capturing the nuance, translating the flavour, feeling and everything that comes across.”

Phaniswar, who paints rural Bihar in his work, became a force to be reckoned with in the Nayi Kahani (New Story) movement with his “Maila Aanchal” (1954). But branding him a “regional” writer saddens Rakhshanda. She said, “I know the good and the bad writer only.”

“It was Renu's humaneness and universal appeal of regional chaos, say of poverty, ignorance, helplessness, superstition and exploitation revolving around rural Bihar, that allures me to unveil his works for a larger section,” added Rakhshanda.

Prof. Sudhir Chandra, a historian present at the release, said, “Renu's depiction of pastoral landscape in non-refined language projects him ahead of Premchand, which Rakhshanda retains in making a careful translation of the emotion, the tone and the sensitivity.”





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