The short story emerged in the Kashmiri language in 1950 as a literary form distinct from the centuries, old folk tale, fable and parable. During the past forty-six years, it has been accepting the influence of all the experiments in the technique of the shorter fiction. The three distinguishable phases in Kashmiri short story faithfully reflect the changing life patterns of the Kashmiris and the related cultural framework. Through a spectrum of characters and events the twenty five short stories in this volume image the subjective reality of the individuals as well as the social ambience that circumscribes them.
Harikrishna Kaul is one of the major Kashmiri playwrights of the modern era. He started his literary career during his college days in early fifties, writing short stories in Hindi.
Plain narrations, conflicting psyches, clashes of self-interest fool-hardiness of conceit and egoism, heights of human attachments, potential confusion and chaos inheriting all misunderstandings and mischief as against the wisdom of sincerity of purpose and fearless frankness;
Kashmir has a unique tradition of recording history. This book, in this tradition, presents the intimate life of a Kashmiri in the post-independence era.
The bride and the groom were just out of the precincts of the courtroom. They had successfully got their already-solemnized marriage registered.
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