कितने चौराहे-फणीश्वर नाथ रेणु
Cover designed by deo Prakash Choudhary
Rajkamal Prakashan, New Delhi
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Phanishwar Nath 'Renu' (फणीश्वर नाथ रेणु) (March 4, 1921 – April 11, 1977) was one of the most successful and influential writers of modern Hindi literature in the post-Premchand era. He is the author of Maila Anchal, which after Premchand's Godaan, is regarded as the most significant Hindi novel.
Phanishwar Nath 'Renu' is best known for promoting the voice of the contemporary rural India through the genre of 'Aanchalik Upanyas' (Regional Story), and is placed amongst the pioneering Hindi writers who brought regional voices into the mainstream Hindi literature.
His short story Maare Gaye Gulfam was adapted into a film Teesri Kasam (The Third Vow), by Basu Bhattacharya (produced by the poet-lyricist Shailendra) in 1966 for which he also wrote the dialogues Later his short story Panchlight (Petromax) was made into a TV short film.
The intimacy in writing brought to the reader with use of local flavor of Hindi in contrast to Khari Boli Hindi was entirely new literary experience.
His very first novel which is also considered his masterpiece, Maila Anchal (The Soiled Linen, 1954), was a social novel that depicted the life of rural Bihar and its people, especially the backward and the deprived. He was subsequently awarded one of India's highest civilian honours, the Padma Sri in 1970.
Later during Jayaprakash Narayan Andolan, he gave up his award in solidarity. His short story Panchlight (Petromax) is beautiful in its depiction of human behavior. One can find many parallels between his and Premchand's writings.
Curiously, Katihar railway station figures in many of his writings.
Paltu Babu Road
Van Tulsi ki gandh
Shrut Ashrut Purva
Nepali Kranti Katha
Shruth Asruth purve
Pahli kranti katha