Avtar Singh Billing
Avtar Singh Billing is one of the leading fiction writers of the present generation.
Avtar Singh Billing was born in 1952 in village Seh, near Khanna in Distt. Ludhiana, Punjab, India. He holds an MA English and B.Ed, and is a retired English lecturer. He has published four short story collections, three books for children, and six novels, including the winning book of the inaugural Dhahan Prize in Punjabi Literature in 2014. Billing has received several awards for his writing, including the Punjab Government Language Department’s Nanak Singh Award 2003 for best novel of the year for Khere Sukh Vihre Sukh. He received the same award in 2008 for his novel Ihna Rahan Utte. His novel Pat Kumla Gaye was awarded the Best Book of the Year 2010 award by Nawan Zamana Jallandhar. In 2014 he was honoured with the Charan Das Award for Total Contribution in Literature from the Punjabi Sahit Academy Ludhiana.