ISBN 9780143420033,A Rag Called Happiness

A Rag Called Happiness



Penguin India Publication

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9780143420033

ISBN-10 0143420038


Number of Pages 192 Pages
Language (English)


A boy from Allahabad follows his cousin to the capital. He hovers at the edge of his cousins theatre set, as they try and bring into their lives the idealism they enact on stage. Vermas distinctive lyrical voice captures with melancholic perfection characters afloat in the turbulent world of Delhi in the 1960s and 70s. About the Author Nirmal Verma (1929 - 2005) pioneered the nayi kahaani movement in Hindi literature in the late 1950s with his iconic story parinde. He developed a characteristic style which used rich, realistic description as a mirror of the inner life. He wrote five novels, eight collections of short stories and nine volumes of essays and travelogues. Following his work at the oriental institute in Prague in the 1960s, he undertook direct translations of contemporary Czech writers such as Milan Kundera, Bohumil Hrabal and Vaclav Havel into Hindi, much before their work became popular internationally. A much-loved and well-decorated writer, his honors include Indias highest literary award, the Jnanpith (2000), Indias third-highest civilian award, the Padma bhushan (2003) and the Sahitya akademi award for lifetime achievement (1985).