Nirmal Verma

Nirmal Verma

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Nirmal Verma (Devanāgarī: निर्मल वर्मा; 3 April 1929 25 October 2005) was a Hindi writer, novelist, activist and translator. He is credited as being one of pioneers of ‘Nayi Kahani’ (New Story) literary movement of Hindi literature, The Hindu, November 06, 2005.

In his career spanning five decades and various forms of literature, like story, travelogue and essays, he penned five novels, eight short-story collections and nine books of non fiction, including essays and travelogues The Tribune, March 10, 2002.


Nirmal Verma was born on (3 April 1929 in Shimla, where his father worked as an officer in the Defense Department of the British Indian Government. He was the fifth child among his eight siblings. One of his brothers is one of India's greatest artists Ram Kumar. Obituary,, October 26, 2005

He wrote his first story for a students' magazine in the early 1950s. He did M.A. in History from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University. There after he started teaching in Delhi and writing for various literary magazines.

His activism streak was visible even during his student days; in 1947-48, he regularly attended Mahatma Gandhiji's morning prayer meetings in Delhi, even though...
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