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Jainendra Kumar

Jainendra Kumar (जैनेंद्र कुमार) (January 2, 1905-December 24, 1988), was an influential Hindi writer of 20th century. He explored the human psyche in novels such as Sunita and Tyagapatra.

He was awarded one of India's highest civil honours Padma Bhushan in 1971 . He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1966, for his work Muktibodh (Novelette), and its highest award, the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 1979 .

Biography

Jainendra Kumar was born on 2nd January, 1905, in Kodiyaganj, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, and received his early education at Rishabh Bhrahmacharyashram, Hastinapur, Uttar Pradesh, which was founded by his maternal uncle, though he left it in 1912, and went to give metric exams in private in 12 from Punjab.

Thereafter he joined Banaras Hindu University (BHU), for higher education, though he left even that in the favour of joining the Non-cooperation movement of Mahatma Gandhi. He started writing around 1926, after unsuccessfully trying hand at business in Calcutta.

He died on December 24, 1988).

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