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AfsanaBadosh ep 4: Listen to Manto's 'Mera Naam Radha Hai' | Presented by Firstpost and Jashn-E-Qalam
Arts & Culture

AfsanaBadosh ep 4: Listen to Manto's 'Mera Naam Radha Hai' | Presented by Firstpost and Jashn-E-Qalam

AfsanaBadosh, presented by Firstpost and Jashn-E-Qalam, celebrates the spirit of storytelling through narrations of the greatest Hindi and Urdu stories. This is Episode 4 — Saadat Hasan Manto's 'Mera Naam Radha Hai', as performed by KC Shankar.

Firstpost and Jashn-E-Qalam present AfsanaBadosh: Listen to stories by masters of Hindi, Urdu fiction
Arts & Culture

Firstpost and Jashn-E-Qalam present AfsanaBadosh: Listen to stories by masters of Hindi, Urdu fiction

AfsanaBadosh episodes 1-3 feature the works of Premchand, Rajinder Singh Bedi and Mannu Bhandari.

AfsanaBadosh ep 3: Listen to Mannu Bhandari's 'Alagaav' | Presented by Firstpost and Jashn-E-Qalam
Arts & Culture

AfsanaBadosh ep 3: Listen to Mannu Bhandari's 'Alagaav' | Presented by Firstpost and Jashn-E-Qalam

AfsanaBadosh, presented by Firstpost and Jashn-E-Qalam, celebrates the spirit of storytelling through narrations of the greatest Hindi and Urdu stories. This is Episode 3 — Mannu Bhandari's 'Alagaav', as performed by Shashwita Sharma.

AfsanaBadosh ep 2: Listen to Premchand's 'Sawa Ser Gehun' | Presented by Firstpost and Jashn-E-Qalam
Arts & Culture

AfsanaBadosh ep 2: Listen to Premchand's 'Sawa Ser Gehun' | Presented by Firstpost and Jashn-E-Qalam

AfsanaBadosh, presented by Firstpost and Jashn-E-Qalam, celebrates the spirit of storytelling through narrations of the greatest Hindi and Urdu stories. This is Episode 2 — Premchand's 'Sawa Ser Gehun', as performed by Vicky Ahuja.

Bhulbhulaiya aur Anya Kahaniyan, Sara Rai's lyrical anthology, fortifies the many possibilities inherent in our surroundings
Lifestyle

Bhulbhulaiya aur Anya Kahaniyan, Sara Rai's lyrical anthology, fortifies the many possibilities inherent in our surroundings

Many of the characters in Bhulbhulaiya aur Anya Kahaniyan grapple with a homebound existence, isolation, insomnia, anxiety—and even a deadly disease.

National Film Archive of India director Prakash Magdum defends loss of Doordarshan footage, and other controversies
Entertainment

National Film Archive of India director Prakash Magdum defends loss of Doordarshan footage, and other controversies

National Film Archive of India, Pune has recently been under the fire for the loss and damage of the footage of classics.

In Mann ki Baat, Narendra Modi urges people to cultivate habit of reading in ‘Google guru’ era
Politics

In Mann ki Baat, Narendra Modi urges people to cultivate habit of reading in ‘Google guru’ era

Reiterating his policy of 'no bouquet, just a book', Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged the nation to inculcate a habit of reading books regularly. Recalling an incident wherein he was gifted a book containing popular short stories by Premchand, the Prime Minister said the situations were relatable to incidents prevailing in the present day. He went on to mention the Akshara Library in Kerala and said, 'this library is a beacon guiding tribal children on a new path'.

Growing up with Premchand: Finding reflections of the Hindi novelist's writing in India's towns, culture
Life

Growing up with Premchand: Finding reflections of the Hindi novelist's writing in India's towns, culture

A well-known photograph of Premchand where he can be seen wearing torn shoes speaks volumes about his simplicity — a trait he shares with many of the characters he created

Premchand's Godaan: Priyanka Sethia reads from the novelist's last-finished work
Life

Premchand's Godaan: Priyanka Sethia reads from the novelist's last-finished work

Listen to a reading of Munshi Premchand's Godaan, which tells a story of the pains of being a peasant, the politics of money lending and the desperate longing for a cow

Ahlawat Gunjan on the art of designing book covers, and why he loves experimenting with fonts
Life

Ahlawat Gunjan on the art of designing book covers, and why he loves experimenting with fonts

Ahlawat Gunjan, the design head of Penguin Random House India, says that creating a cover is like providing a visual personality to someone’s years of work | #FirstCulture

On Munshi Premchand's 81st death anniversary, a look at his quietly rebellious work
Life

On Munshi Premchand's 81st death anniversary, a look at his quietly rebellious work

Quiet and understated, Premchand's language shakes you out of complacency just when you start getting comfortable

Sadgati: Based on Premchand’s story, Satyajit Ray took a scathing look at the tragic lives of untouchables
Entertainment

Sadgati: Based on Premchand’s story, Satyajit Ray took a scathing look at the tragic lives of untouchables

The story of Sadgati was written almost one hundred years ago. The film itself was made 40 years ago. But even today, the evil shadow of untouchability and caste crimes hover over us.

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

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 dharma of power: Can Modi become a Premchand hero?
Politics

The dharma of power: Can Modi become a Premchand hero?

Can the Gujarat chief minister and the BJP’s prime-ministerial nominee Narendra Modi become a Jumman Sheikh? But who is this Jumman Sheikh? And, how important is he to be equated with Modi, who is seen as the next PM by a large number of voters on one hand, and as a "CM with blood-stained hands" by his opponents on the other?