Writer Munshi Premchand's 136th birth anniversary celebrated in a Google Doodle

Google has decided to mark the 136th birth anniversary of famous Hindi short story writer Munshi Premchand via a Google Doodle. The Doodle represents elements from rural India, something that was the basis for most of Premchand's work.

“His last and most famous novel, Godaan (1936), inspired today’s doodle, which shows Premchand (sometimes referred to as “Upanyas Samrat,” or, “emperor among novelists”) bringing his signature working-class characters to life. On what would have been his 136th birthday, the illustration pays tribute to the multitude of important stories he told,” said Google about the doodle.

Munshi Premchand was the pen name of Dhanpat Rai, who was born on 31 July, 1880 at Lamhi village in Uttar Pradesh. Premchand, who started writing at the ripe age of 13, has nearly 300 short stories, essays and novels to his credit. Some of his popular works include short stories such as Idgaah and Juloos, novels such as the multi-volume Mansarovar and Godaan.

Premchand was a teacher who later left his job to take part in the non-cooperation movement in 1920s.


Published Date: Jul 31, 2016 10:19 AM | Updated Date: Jul 31, 2016 10:19 AM