Gurdev Singh Rupana
Gurdev Singh Rupana is a prolific writer, essayist and translator. After obtaining a Master of Arts in Punjabi and a Bachelor of Education, he entered the noble profession of teaching. He did his Ph.D. on the life and poetry of the 19th century Punjabi legend Kadaryaar. While teaching in Delhi schools he came into a circle of many well-known writers and artists like Amrita Pritam, and has since then been a prominent Punjabi literary personality. Rupana’s five books of short stories - Ik Tota Aurat (1970), Aapani Akh da Jadoo (1978), Defence Line (1988), Sheesha tey Hore Kahanian (2002), Ranjha Waris Hoyia (2003), and four novels - Jaldev, Aaso da Tabbar, Gori, and Shri Paarva (2015) have been valuable contributions to Punjabi literature and language. The story themes range from politics, to village life, to life in big cities like Delhi. His novel ‘Gori’ is currently in 25th edition and has been adopted in the syllabi of many universities. Rupana has published two books of translated short stories from Telugu language and Dostoevsky. Many of his short stories have been translated into some of the Indian languages along with two novels into Hindi. He has been bestowed literary awards by the Punjabi Academy Delhi, Punjabi Sahit Academy Ludhiana, and Punjabi Language Department of the state of Punjab.