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Bhisham Sahni, born August 8, 1915 in Rawalpindi in present-day Pakistan, was one of the greatest writers of Hindi literature. While his work in Hindi is celebrated, Sahni has also worked in Punjabi and English. He lived through the days when India was going through a period of churn and was in the midst of the struggle for freedom. Sahni raised awareness through his work and took an active part in the struggle for freedom by joining the Indian National Congress. After the score he moved and settled in India where he pursued his passion for writing while teaching at various colleges.

During her career, Sahni wrote short stories, plays and books that made a deep impression on her readers. Her work has earned her rave reviews and numerous awards, including the Padma Bhushan in 1998 and the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 2002.

As we remember the legendary writer on his 106th birthday, we take a look at some of the most popular books written by him.

Tamas

Sahni wrote Tamas in response to a series of community violence in Bhiwandi of Maharashtra in the early 1970s. The empty streets and ghostly silence of Bhiwandi reminded Sahni of partition when Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs were killing each other.

Balraj, my brother

Sahni wrote an ode to the life of his older brother and actor Balraj with a fascinating portrayal in Balraj, my brother. Through her writings, Sahni introduced readers to sources and a force that contributed to Balraj’s radiant and charming personality.

Jharokhe

Jharokhe is a touching novel presenting the story of a small family. Sahni recounts the daily incidents that occur in the life of the family through the eyes of a small child. Each incident has an impact on the children of the family and shapes their future character.

Basanti

With Basantii, Sahni tells the story of a young villager who came to a big city with her family in the hope of a better life. However, with time, the problems in their life worsen. The slums of the city where she lives are removed to make room for settlements and large buildings. The novel captures the young girl’s struggle to find her way in the midst of all that is going on around her.

Manor or Mayyadas

The Mansion or Mayyadas traces the history of a small town in Punjab that witnessed a change in people’s fortunes and lives during a period when the former Khalsa Raj was defeated by British rule. At the heart of the novel is the story of a mansion witnessing the change in lifestyle over a period of 300 years.

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  • Goodreads is a platform where users rate and comment on books.
  • Each July, Goodreads publishes a list of the most popular books of the year so far.
  • This list includes the 24 most popular fiction and non-fiction books of the first half of 2021.

Goodreads is the world’s largest platform for readers to rate and review books. You can track the books you want to read, participate in challenges, and get personalized recommendations. Goodreads hosts its “Readers Choice Awards” every year, but by mid-year, the platform also announces the most popular new books among its 125 million members.

The books on this list are both fiction and non-fiction, chosen based on how often they’ve been added to reader’s “Want to Read” shelves. Goodreads has ruled out any books below a 3.5-star rating, and each had to be released in 2021 to be considered.

Whether you’re looking for a fresh take on a beloved author or a timely non-fiction read, these books were the 24 most popular among Goodreads members in the first half of 2021.

The 24 most popular books of 2021 to date, according to Goodreads members:

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“Americanon”: the popular books that brought Americans together https://mente-encendida.com/americanon-the-popular-books-that-brought-americans-together/ Fri, 16 Jul 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://mente-encendida.com/americanon-the-popular-books-that-brought-americans-together/

America’s messy democracy experience is best understood not through the country’s high-profile literature or its founding documents, but through popular books that its inhabitants have read and consulted repeatedly. This is the argument advanced by historian Jess McHugh in her delicious debut album, “Americanon: An Unexpected US History in Thirteen Bestselling Books”.

The 13 books include: Noah Webster’s Dictionary; “The Old Farmer’s Almanac”; “The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin”; “Etiquette: In Society, In Business, In Politics, And At Home” by Emily Post; “How to Make Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie; “Betty Crocker’s Cookbook in Pictures”; and many others. These books, she argues, helped create a shared culture in a sprawling country whose citizens lacked a common heritage.

For example, at a time when most Americans believed spelling and grammar should follow British usage rules, the famous lexicographer Noah Webster aspired to popularize a standardized form of American English. He believed that cultural independence from Great Britain was just as important as political independence. He set forth his vision for this new form in his 1783 spelling, as well as in the colossal dictionary – first published in 1828 – which is the ancestor of today’s Merriam-Webster.