Vinod Kumar Shukla

(Born 1937)

Sahitya Academy Award - 1999 - Hindi



Vinod Kumar Shukla was born at Rajnathgaon, Madhya Pradesh in 1937. He retired as Associate Professor from Indira Gandhi Agricultural University, Raipur in 1996. He has three collections of poems, three novels, Naukar Ki Kamiz, Khilega to Dekhenge and Deewar Mein Ek Khirakee Rahtee Thee and two collections of short stories. Many of his works have been translated into Marathi, Urdu, Malayalam, English, German and Italian. Mani Kaul has made a film of his novel, Naukar Ki Kamiz. The English translation of this novel had been shortlisted for the prestigious Crossword Award in 1999. He was awarded the Gajanan Madhav Muktibodh Fellowship, Sikhar Samman, Raza Puraskar, Veer Singh Oev Puraskar, Raghuveer Sahai Smriti Puraskar, Maithili Sharan Gupt Samman and Oayavati Modi Kavisekhar Samman. He was Guest Author on Nirala Chair, Bhopal, for two years from June 1994.

The award-winning novel, Deewar Mein Ek Khirakee Rahtee Thee, presents an intimate encounter with the lower middle class Indian life, unfolding the unique mysteries often lying wrapped up within the commonplace. In a highly individualistic, playful way, the author endows the melody of conjugal life with a glowing richness of feeling. The basic emotional involvements of life, which we seem to have lost, are revealed in this novel through quintessentially humorous images. For these qualities, the work has been recognized as a major contribution to Indian fiction written in Hindi.