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10 Hindi Literature Classics That Will Broaden Your Perspective On Storytelling

10 Hindi Literature Classics That Will Broaden Your Perspective On Storytelling

Hindi literature is a reservoir of beautiful stories that we have possibly ignored forever.

However, it is high time you add a few amazing pieces of writing to your reading list – and these classics are perfect to start your journey into the world of Hindi literature.

1. Yama by Mahadevi Verma

Mahadevi Verma, dubbed a “modern day Meera,” was one of the four founding writers of Hindi literature’s Neo romantic period. Yama is a collection of some of  her best poetry, and it revolves around stunning animal imagery. It is also the book for which she was awarded the Gyanpeeth Award.

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Yama by Mahadevi Verma

2. Nirmala by Premchand

Premchand’s novels are difficult to choose because they all bring to light unpleasant realities of life, presented with his typical sardonic twist. Nirmala, on the other hand, stands out as one of his finest works, as it tells the storey of a child bride and her very senior husband. His descriptive language and complex character portrayals make for a thought provoking read.

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Nirmala by Premchand

3. Kamayani by Jaishankar Prasad

Jaishankar Prasad’s writings are known for their usage of Sanskrit terminology, but never Urdu ones. Kamayani is a complicated epic poem about the creation of the first man on Earth, but it’s well worth the effort because of the detailed descriptions and philosophical implications.

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Kamayani by Jaishankar Prasad

4. Chandrakanta Santati by Babu Devakinandan Khatri

This storey is a fantastic pleasure for fans of fiction and imagination. As any fan of magical fiction knows, the details can make or break a mystical work, and it is precisely these nuances that Babu Devakinandan Khatri nails in Chandrakanta Santati. It can be read independently, but it is also part of a trilogy.

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Chandrakanta Santati by Babu Devakinandan Khatri

5. Madhushala by Harivansh Rai Bachchan

Madhushala is unquestionably one of the most wellknown works in Hindi literature, and with good reason. This volume of 135 quatrains is known for its contribution to Neo romanticism and is full of exquisite metaphors. Despite the fact that the poem appears to be about booze, it is actually about life and its intricacies. A version recited by his son, actor Amitabh Bachchan, is also available.

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Madhushala by Harivansh Rai Bachchan

6. Gunahon Ka Devta by Dharamveer Bharti

One of the most well known love stories in Hindi literature, this moving tale is presented in such a way that the reader can’t help but empathise with the protagonists’ feelings. The unfulfilled love tale of Chander and Sudha is as raw as it is poignant. This is a must read for romance and literature fans alike.

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Gunahon Ka Devta by Dharamveer Bharti

7. Kashi Ka Assi by Kashi Nath Singh

This tale, set in Varanasi, one of India’s holiest cities, is anything but religious. It’s a realistic novel set in a place where people converse on ghats rather than cafes, where folks are more honest than cautious, and where societal changes are subtle but not ignorant. For fans of humour and culture, the novel on which the film Mohalla Assi is based is a must-read.

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Kashi Ka Assi by Kashi Nath Singh

8. Rashmirathi by Ramdhari Singh Dinkar

Dinkar, one of the most well known Hindi authors, wrote extensively on the Hindu mythological epic Mahabharata. Rashmirathi, which means “rider of the sun’s chariot,” is a poem about Karna. The poem takes a distinct look to the saga, emphasising Karna’s misfortunes.

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Rashmirathi by Ramdhari Singh Dinkar

9. Maila Aanchal by Phanishwar Nath Renu

Maila Aanchal, widely regarded as one of the best examples of a regional book, perfectly portrays the distinctiveness of the location in which it is set—a village in Bihar. Because the characters’ behavioural patterns, superstitions, and other beliefs are firmly anchored in the place in which they live, the location plays just as important a role in the development of the storey as the characters do.

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Maila Aanchal by Phanishwar Nath Renu

10. Tamas by Bhisham Sahni

Bhisham Sahni’s work, which won the Sahitya Akademi prize in 1975, is a brilliantly descriptive tale that provokes a variety of emotions with every line! Tamas – which means darkness – is the narrative of a little hamlet caught in the midst of violent riots set against the backdrop of partition.

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Tamas by Bhisham Sahni

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