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Popati Hiranandani, 1924-


Image of  Popati Hiranandani, 1924-(photo credit: Gaurav Sharma)

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  1. Munhinje hayatia ja sona ropa varqa. 3rd rev. ed. Bombay : Lok-sur Publications, 1992.
    (LCCN: 81904248, LC has different edition)
    • "Jadahin mukhe zindagi'a ain mauta jo gadyalu ahisasu thio"
      Realmedia excerpt: pp. 66-68
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 66-68

  2. Man Sindhini.
    Bombay : Lok-sur Publications, 1988.
    (LCCN : 89904411)

    • "Man -- be ghar Sindhini"
      Realmedia excerpt: pp. 11
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 11
  3. Zahiru ain insan.
    Jaipur : Suhini Publications, 1998.
    (LC has not acquired this title)
    • "Aju zindagi a ji shama aye aah"
      Realmedia excerpt: pp. 8
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 8

  4. Sailabu zindagi ajo.
    Bombay : Kunj, 1996.
    (LCCN : 81904803, LC has different edition)

    • "Chapter 11"
    Realmedia excerpt: pp. 57-61
    MP3 excerpt: pp. 57-61

  5. Shah Latifa jo shair ain sandas surma ain surmyun.
    Mumbai : Deepshikha Publications, 2000.
    (LCCN : 2001292595)

  6. Sachu tha marda chavan.
    Bombay : Deepshikha Publications, 1999.

    • "Sindhu"
    Realmedia excerpt: pp. 91-94
    MP3 excerpt: pp. 91-94

  7. Maniku-moti-lala.
    Bombay : Popati R. Hiranandani, 1993.

Popati Hiranandani, one of the best-known Sindhi women writers, was born in 1924 in Hyderabad, Sind, in present-day Pakistan. Her works not only depict the urban milieu of Sindhi culture, but also delve deep into the life of Sindhi middle class and the plight of women in the social structure. She also depicts the inner dynamics of Sindhi families.

Popati Hiranandani's name is bound to go down in Sindhi literary history as one of the finest Sindhi writers of both pre-partition and post-partition India, a forthright feminist, and an outstanding social activist.

Among the several works she published are Ruha sandi runch (1975), Man Sindhini (1988) (both poetry), Pukar (1953), Zindagi-a-ji-photri (1993) (both short stories), Sailab zindagi-a-jo (1980) (novel), Sindhi kalahain aju (1985) (essays), Shah, Sindhi-tahiziba jo ruh (1983) (literary criticism), Bhasha shastra (1962) (linguistics), Manik-Motilala (1993) (biography), Muhinje hayatia ja sona ropa varqa (1980) (autobiography), History of Sindhi literature (in Sindhi).

She has been the recipient of several honors and awards including the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1982 for her autobiography. The citation reads "This profound engaging autobiography of hers gives a remarkable insight into Sindhi society, the social and political upheavel following partition of India, and the great tragedy overtaking the country."

The Library of Congress has twenty-eight works by her.

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