Amrita Pritam books are well-loved by readers all over the world. Born on August 31, 1919, she is considered to be the first woman Punjabi poet, novelist, and essayist. In her lifetime, she produced over 100 books of poetry, fiction, biographies, essays, a collection of Punjabi folk songs and an autobiography that were translated into several Indian and foreign languages.
She was a dynamic lady who inspired hundreds. In 1956, Amrita Pritam became the first woman to win the Sahitya Akademi Award for her long poem, ‘Sunehade’. In 1981, she won the Bharatiya Jnanpith for the novel ‘Kagaz Te Canvas’. In 1969, she was conferred with the Padma Shri and in 2004 the Padma Vibhushan. She was also awarded the highest honour conferred by the Sahitya Akademi – ‘Immortals of Literature’ in 2005.
Here is taking a look at most memorable Amrita Pritam books:
Pinjar was written in 1950 by poet and novelist Amrita Pritam. The Punjabi novel is the story of a Hindu girl, Puro, who is abducted by a Muslim man, Rashid. Puro’s parents refuse to recover the defiled girl when she manages to run back to her parents from Rashid’s home. Considered to be one of the best literature written with the backdrop of Partition of India, Pinjar was adapted in Hindi film in 2003 of the same name.
This heartwarming book chronicles 50 memoirs of remarkable people and outstanding personalities. One of the most amazing books about self-realization, very concise and beautifully written stories. In the days of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, the ‘Fifty Fragments of Inner Self’ is a book that will make you introspect about life and many things around it.
Raseedi Ticket is Amrita Pritam’s celebrated autobiography, which tells us how she felt distressed at the influence of hate; she was traumatized by the horrors of the Partition, out of which her poem ‘Vaaris Shah’ was born. The Punjabi novelist talks about how a writer should not be afraid of criticism. It also describes the times between her intimacy with Sahir Ludhianvi and deep friendship with Imroz.
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This is yet another autobiography of Amrita Pritam, after Raseedi Ticket, published in the 1970s. Not only does it capture her entire lifespan in its fold, but its warp and weft entails an entirely novel depiction on a spiritual plane. These are the reflections of her intense desire to present to the readers an incisive insight into her new, inner world.
The love letters of Amrita and Imroz are an interesting insight into the personalities of two highly creative minds. The reader gets intimate glimpses of the extraordinary relationship between the renowned author and poet and her artist companion. The handwritten letter delivered by the government postal service was the only recourse available to Amrita and Imroz while they charted their careers in different cities. These letters offer a peek into these creative minds, they are also a record of social history of those times, a far cry from modern quick service times.. and therein lies the significance of the letters.