When talking about must-read books we focus only on English language books and Hindi is often ignored. Today, I bring to you a list of must-read books in Hindi.
Madhushala by Harivansh Rai Bachchan
Masdhushasla is one of the most famous works by Harivansh Rai Bachchan. The book consists of 135 quatrains and is renowned for its contribution to Neo-romanticism. The book is a reflection of life and its complexities. There even exists a version recited by Amitabh Bachchan.
Nirmala by Premchand
Nirmala or The Second Wife has been written by Munshi Premchand is one of his most thought-provoking reads. The melodramatic novel is centered on Nirmala, a young girl who was forced to marry a widower of her father’s age.
Yama by Mahadevi Verma
Yama is a collection of some of Mashadevi Verma’s finest poetry. It is also the book that won her the Gyanpeeth Award.
Kashi Ka Assi by Kashi Nath Singh
The book is set in one of the holiest cities in India, Varanasi. It is a realistic story of a city where conversations occur over ghats and not cafes, where the characters are more candid than cautious, and where the changes in the society are subtle but not ignorant. A movie titled Mohalla Assi was made on this novel.
Rashmirathi by Ramdhari Singh Dinkar
Ramdhari Singh Dinkar is renowned for his work. Rashmirathi is a poem. The work is centered around the life of Karna, who was the son of unmarried queen Kunti in the epic- Mahabharata. The poem offers a different perspective of the saga, highlighting the injustices that Karna suffered.
Gunahon Ka Devta by Dharamveer Bharti
Gunahon Ka Devta is a 1949 Hindi novel by Dharamvir Bharati. The story is set in Allahabad during the British rule in India. Chander and Sudha’s unfulfilled love story is as raw as it is emotional. This is a must-read for lovers of romance and literature both.
Kitne Pakistan by Kamleshwar
This book has been inspired by the harsh reality of partition. A court setting forms the premise of the story. Different historical characters act as witnesses and describe their experience of the partition. This novel won Kamleshwar the 2003 Sahitya Academy Award.
Apsara by Suryakant Tripathi Nirala
Suryakant Tripathi Nirala is one of the earliest writers to use themes of social injustice. Apsara deals with feminity and its extremes, and the way youth deals with social injustice. The novel is still as relevant as it was at the time it was first published.