I Take This Woman - Rajinder Singh Bedi

I Take This Woman

The novel is set in rural life in pre-Partition Punjab. It is an unusual story of a woman compelled to marry one who she brought of as her own son. A brutally honest exploration of sexuality, society and relationships marked by vivid realism and vigour of narration.

The story is about a woman's suppression and how she overcomes it with courage and strength.

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'For its powerful characterization and innate humanity, the book is an outstanding contribution to contemporary Urdu literature.' Sahitya Akademi Award Citation


Rajinder Singh Bedi (1915-1984) short story writer, novelist, playwright and screenplay writer is acknowledged as one of the finest Urdu writers of recent times and is placed alongside such greats as Premchand, Manto, Krishan Chander and Ismat Chugtai.

Bedi   published his first collection of  stories Dana-o-Daam in 1938, and followed it with Grahan (1942) which was hailed as a landmark in Urdu short stories. His several plays, published as Bejaan Chezen and Saat Khel are recognised as equally significant. His writings influenced and inspired a generation of writers and Ek Chadar Maili Si won him the coveted Sahitya Akademi Award in 1965. For his outstanding contribution to Urdu literature he was honoured with Padma Shri in 1972, and the Ghalib Award in 1978.

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