WhatteTrend pays tribute to the great writer Dhanpat Rai Srivastava popularly known as Munshi Premchand on his 136th birthday. Here are 5 things all young writers can learn from his life, his quotes and his writing style :
Do not get afraid of Struggle and Hard-work: Premchand faced immense poverty. He earned five rupees a month tutoring a lawyer’s child. Once he took a loan of two-and-a-half rupees to buy some clothes. He had to struggle for three years to pay it back.
Writing Style should be simple, interesting and real: The main characteristic of Premchand’s writings is his interesting story-telling and use of simple language. He avoided the use of highly Sanskritized Hindi as was the common practice among Hindi writers at that time. In fact Premchand is considered the first Hindi author whose writings prominently featured realism.
You must reflect Patriotism: He was an independent minded patriotic soul and his initial literary works in Urdu were full of descriptions of the Indian nationalist movement that was building up in various parts of India. The collection came to the notice of the British officials who banned it. This also forced Dhanpat Rai to change his pen name from “Nawab Rai” to “Premchand” in order to escape persecution at the hands of the British.
Always be simple and soft: He once said, “Beauty doesn’t need ornaments. Softness can’t bear the weight of ornaments.” The great man believed in simplicity, both in his writings and in leading his life.
Work for the society: His novels describe the problems of the poor and the urban middle class. He used literature for the purpose of arousing public awareness about national and social issues and often wrote about topics related to corruption, child widowhood, prostitution, feudal system, poverty, colonialism and on the India’s freedom movement.
Google has dedicated a doodle to the great writer to mark the occasion.