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Considered one of the greatest fiction writers in Hindi, Premchand (1880 1936) was born Dhanpat Rai in Lamahi, a small village near Banaras. He wrote in Urdu under the name of Nawab Rai and changed his name to Premchand when his collection of short stories, Soz-e- vatan, was seized for sedition in 1908. In a prolific career spanning three decades, Premchand wrote about a dozen novels, two plays, almost three hundred short stories and several articles, reviews and editorials. He edited three magazines, and also set up his own printing press. Though best known for his stories exposing the horrors of poverty and social injustice, he wrote on a variety of themes with equal facility romance, satire, social dramas, nationalist tales, and yarns steeped in folklore.

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