Book Reviews There are hard-boiled writers who put pen to paper or finger to type-writer keys to churn out paperbacks and yet can also write a couplet or two. And then, there are the mellower poets who can write equally enchanting and lyrical lines in their short stories or the occasional novels. Sampooran Singh Kalra, or Gulzar as we know him, and easily the finest living poet and lyricist of our times, belongs to the latter category, as evidenced by his most well-known collection of short stories Raavi Paar And Other Stories , written originally in both Hindi and Urdu, and translated, with reasonable integrity, by Masooma Ali and Alok Bhalla. On adaptation Where should one start, though?

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The ingeniousness of this versatile writer finds expression in short narratives that vary from anecdotes to descriptions of states of mind. Serious, moving funny and ironic by turns, the stories in this collection are replace with the perceptions of a man who has viewed the world with equanimity and compassion. About the Author Gulzar was born in Deena Pakistan in He was brought up in Delhi and later moved to Bombay.

During his long and celebrated career, Gulzar has written many melodious and meaningful songs. He started writing screenplays and scripts, which were like a breath of fresh air in the film industry. Later he got into direction and made the most poignant and significant films.

Gulzar has written the scripts for now nearly fifty films and has directed several, some of which are Mere Apne, Aandhi, Mausam, Khushboo, Kinara, Meera, Parichay, Lekin, Libaas and, most recently in , Maachis, for which he received national and international acclaim and several awards. Gulzar has also made two serials for television: Kirdar and Mirza Ghalib. Foreword Writing a short story is an experience of thought to me.

It is something more than a sheer feeling. It needs a: little more narrative than a poem. My stories are as short. I required to elaborate at length, the covert thought present in them, to share the experience with my readers. I have tried to write, for the first time, a short story in the same genre, highlighting a major incident in the lives of those persons.

Bimalda and Michelangelo are two of them. The story is like the legendary Baiju Bawra-Tansen confrontation, which finds no witness in our history. It has no written record, but the parable or the legend lives on. I am fond of travelling in time and space. It becomes all the more relevant now, since the graves of the star poets of all times, Zauq and Ghalib have been discovered recently in very shabby conditions in Delhi.

I hope it makes sense the way I reacted on the situation. I had witnessed the partition of India from very close quarters in It left me bruised and scarred. I cannot help, but write about that excruciating period. I wrote the stories with the background of the partition to try and get the painful experience out of my system. On sharing them with my readers, I hope very much to distance myself from the stories.

My only wish, that these stories do not re-ignite the latent fear and anguish, once again, in some readers who witnessed the gory partition with their own eyes. Some of these stories were written long, long back, like Jamun ka Per, and Kagaz ki Topi. I was not sure whether -to include them or not, but Sanjana was keen. So here they are. My sincere thanks to Meghna who went through the manuscript so carefully and to Deena for putting them into the perfect chronological order.

This venture would have remained just a dream if not for the commendable effort of Masooma Ali who has painstakingly translated my stories from Hindi and Urdu. I would also like to thank Alok Bhalla for his contribution. I hope this endeavour of ours finds favour with the readers.



Variety ranges from partition, communism, relationships, Mughal era, Rome, nomadic age, kings and princes, slums, jungle book icing on the cake being the biographical stories. Found this collection overall better than Half a Rupee stories, in spite of having a few weak dull stories. Variety ranges from partition, communism, relationships, Mughal era, Rome, nomadic age, kings and princes, slums, jungle book… icing on the cake being the biographical stories. Favorites: Bantwara - Biographical - , Series of letters written to Gulzar from a man in Amritsar, claiming Gulzar is the brother he lost during partition. Seema - Unable to forget her ex husband Sudhir theatre dialogue writer! Dhuan - Communal fight on whether the deceased Choudhary should be buried or cremated.


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Read all details Description Raavi Paar Hindi is a compilation of short stories that cover different topics, situations, characters, and emotions. The tales in this book are funny, serious, ironic, and sensitive. Readers will come across different characters, who display feelings of fear, loneliness, longing, heartbreak, and love. The tales in Raavi Paar Hindi are not linked to each other through a common theme.

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