Legendary Hindi writer Krishna Sobti passed away on Friday (Jan 25) morning in Delhi.
She was born in February 1925 in Gujarat-Punjab, now a province in Pakistan. Sobti began her writings by poetry then went on to fiction which won her several awards; she was awarded the Sahitya Akademy Award in 1980.
She was also awarded the Jnanpith award in 2017 for her contribution to Indian literature. In 2018, she released her auto biographical novel- ‘Gujarat Pakistan Se Gujarat Hindustan’.
Krishna Sobti won the Sahitya award for her novel Zindaginama. Some of her other novels are Dara se bichuri, Mitro Marajani and Surajmukhi andhere ke.
Nafisa, Sikka badal gaya and Badalon ke Ghere are some of her popular short stories. Sobti had also won Siromani Award in 1981 and Hindi Academy Award in 1982.
She filed a suit against novelist Amrita Pritam in 1984 for publishing a book titled Hardatt Ka Zindaginama. Sobti claimed that Pritam had violated copyright laws by using a title similar to her book. The suit was decided in her favour in 2011, six years after Pritam’s death.
Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said Sobti was “a fine and bold chronicler of our times, a progressive and modern voice, who exemplified courage and freedom in her work and life”.
Sobti refused the Padma Bhushan during the UPA government, and returned the Sahitya Akademi fellowship in 2015 that was awarded to her in protest against ‘rising intolerance in society’.
Writer Nilanjana Roy said Sobti’s books made her feel “that writing could open up endless horizons”. “I am glad I had a chance to meet her over the years, and say thank you to her for what she meant to me,” Roy added.
Krishna Sobti was the most generous of writers, warm, so sharply intelligent. Her books and conversations made me feel that writing could open up endless horizons. I'm glad I had a chance to meet her over the years, and say thank you to her for what she meant to me. pic.twitter.com/2SIsfpmeeJ— Nilanjana Roy (@nilanjanaroy) January 25, 2019