- Rajendra Yadav
Rajendra Yadav (राजेन्द्र यादव) (born 1929) is one of the eminent
Hindifiction writers, and one of the pioneers of "Nayi Kahani", Hindi literary movement. He edits the famous literary magazine HANS, which was originally founded by Munshi Premchandin 1930, and which continued publication till 1953, thereafter it was relaunched by Rajendra Yadav on July 31, 1986, (Premchand's Birthday), who has remained its editor ever since, and the magazine reached 17,000 mark in 2005 [ [http://www.hinduonnet.com/fline/fl2213/stories/20050701002109200.htm Journals of resurgence] Frontline, The Hindu, Jul 01, 2005. ] . He is the author of several book and novels in Hindi.
Rajendra Yadav is regarded as principal architect of the 'New Wave' or the "Nayi Kahani" (New Story) movement in post-Independence Hindi fiction, which is known for absorbing the spirit of the contemporary India and presenting it in all its starkness [http://literatureindia.com/content/view/48/31/ Rajendra Yadav] literatureindia.com.] .
Mannu Bhandariis also a famous Hindi fiction Writer.
Rajendra Yadav was born in
Agra, Uttar Pradeshin a Yadavfamily, where his mother was an Arya Samajfollower and his father was an agnosticand a medical doctor by profession . He received his early education at Agra, and later also studied at Mawana, Meerutbriefly, staying with his uncle. He graduated in 1949, and later completed M.A. in Hindi from Agra Universityin 1951.
His first novel, "Pret Bolte Hain" (1951) (Ghosts speak), later renamed as "
Sara Akash" in the 60s, (The Infinite Cosmos), has reportedly sold about one million copies Fact|date=April 2007, an enviable figure for any book published in India, and has been translated into almost all Indian languages, and several other languages of the world. "Sara Akash" became the first Hindi novel which attempted to shock orthodox Indian culture out of its centuries-old slumber. Basu Chatterjeemade Sara Akashon it, in 1969 [imdb|1408315] and which along with Mrinal Sen's Bhuvan Shome, launched Parallel Cinemain Hindi [ [http://passionforcinema.com/script-of-basu-chaterjee%E2%80%99s-debut-film-sara-akash/ Sara Akash] passionforcinema.com.] .
"Ukhre Huey Log", ('The Rootless People) his next novel, depicts the trauma of a couple arising out of socio-economic condition which forced them to desert the conventional path - and, still they failed to acclimatize themselves to a corrupt and devilish world. This novel envisages "living in" concept for the first time.
He wrote two more novels, "Kulta" (The Wayward Wife'), and "Shaah aur Maat" ('Check and Mate). He also wrote several stories and translated into Hindi many works of
Russian languagewriters like Turgenev, Chekhov, and Lermontov(A Hero of Our Times), as also Albert Camus(The Outsider).
"Ek Inch Muskaan" (A Little Smile), which Rajendra Yadav and wife
Mannu Bhandariwrote together, is a love tragedy of schizophrenicindividuals.
Besides being a writer, Rajendra Yadav was also a nominated a board member of Prasar Bharti in 1999-2001.
Presently, he lives on
NOIDA, and works in Daryaganj, Delhi, where he is the editor of HANS literary monthly.
* "Sara Akash", 1951.
* "Ukhre Huey Log", (The Rootless People)
* "Kulta" (The Wayward Wife)
* "Shaah aur Maat" (Check and Mate).
* Strangers on the Roof, tr. by Ruth Vanita. 1994, Penguin, ISBN 0140240659. [http://www.indiaclub.com/shop/AuthorSelect.asp?Author=Rajendra+Yadav]
* "Ek Inch Muskaan" (A Little Smile), with Manu Bhandari.
* [http://www.hansmonthly.com/editor.asp About Rajendra Yadav, at Hans magazine website]
* [http://www.pucl.org/jp/jp-lecture99.htm In search of roots, by Rajendra Yadav]
* [http://www.littlemag.com/reservation/rajendrayadav.html Two in the next world, by "Rajendra Yadav"]
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