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Rajendra Yadav

Rajendra Yadav (राजेन्द्र यादव) (born 1929) is one of the eminent Hindi fiction 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 Premchand in 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 . 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 .

His wife Mannu Bhandari is also a famous Hindi fiction Writer.


Rajendra Yadav was born in Agra, Uttar Pradesh in a Yadav family, where his mother was an Arya Samaj follower and his father was an agnostic and a medical doctor by profession . He received his early education at Agra, and later also studied at Mawana, Meerut briefly, staying with his uncle. He graduated in 1949, and later completed M.A. in Hindi from Agra University in 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 , 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 Chatterjee made Sara Akash on it, in 1969 and which along with Mrinal Sen's Bhuvan Shome, launched Parallel Cinema in Hindi .

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 language writers 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 Bhandari wrote together, is a love tragedy of schizophrenic individuals.

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.

Selected Bibliography

  • 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.
  • Ek Inch Muskaan (A Little Smile), with Manu Bhandari.


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