Some of Mulk Raj Anand's short stories include "Persian Painting" (1930), "Curries and other Indian Dishes" (1932), "The Hindu View of Art" (1933) and "The Indian Theatre" (1950). He was a prolific writer who used his writings to make a social statement.
Anand was highly educated and received his PhD from Cambridge University in 1929. His literary career began after a personal family tragedy; his aunt committed suicide after being excommunicated by her family for sharing a meal with a Muslim woman. His work portrayed a realistic and sympathetic view of the poor in India, and he wrote these stories in English. As a result, he is considered the founder of the English-language Indian novel.