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Amrita Pritam was born in 1919 in Gujranwala in a part of India
which later became Pakistan. She was the only
child of a school teacher and a poet. Her
mother died when she was eleven and she
grew up with adult responsibilities. She began
to write at an early age, and her first
collection was published when she was only
sixteen years old, the year she married an
editor to whom she was engaged in early
childhood. In 1947 at the time of the Partition
she moved to New Delhi, where she began to
write in Hindi as opposed to Punjabi, her
mother tongue. She worked until 1961 for All
India Radio. She was divorced in 1960 and
since then her work has become more
explicitly feminist, drawing on her unhappy
marriage in many of her stories and poems. A
number of her works have been translated into
English, including her autobiographical works
Black Rose and Revenue Stamp.
There was a grief I smoked
Translated by Jennifer Barber and Irfan Malik.
in silence, like a cigarette
only a few poems fell
out of the ash I flicked from it.
- Writing Available Online
Flower, a short story in Little Magazine.
- Sahiban, a
short story in Little Magazine.
of Kerosene. Translated by Khushwant Singh, published in Land of
Five Rivers (Orient Paperbacks).
- About Amrita Pritam
- A tribute in
- Biography at
needle of light. Article by Manmohan Singh.
- A novel in Punjabi about Partition. Translated by Khushwant Singh.
- Ode to Waris Shah
- Original and translation.
South Asian Women authors