A beneficiary of a few honors, Mohan Bhandari was likewise an interpreter other than being a productive essayist of short fiction. The fresh insight about the passing of acclaimed Punjabi brief tale essayist Mohan Bhandari went in Chandigarh’s scholarly circles in the blink of an eye on Friday.
Weak for certain years, the essayist inhaled his last at his Sector 34 home. A beneficiary of a few honors, Bhandari, other than being a productive essayist of short fiction, was likewise an interpreter. He had surprisingly five assortments of brief tales and as many books of stories interpreted from Hindi and Urdu. Aside from that, he altered various books.
He won the Sahitya Akademi grant for his assortment of stories Moon di Akh in 1997. He, nonetheless, returned the honor in 2015 in fortitude with the cross country challenge claimed developing bigotry. It torments me to see developing bigotry and communalism against which we authors have consistently brought a solid voice up in our compositions. Returning the honor is a method of pointing out the upsetting conditions prevailing in the nation today, he had said.
Bhandari was brought into the world in Banbhaura town of Punjab’s Sangrur region to unschooled guardians on February 14, 1937. His dad had a little shop which he bet away alongside the little land he possessed. Bhandari experienced childhood in difficult stretches yet the town scene and life impacted him luxuriously and he composed his first brief tale in Class 9 and there was no thinking back since.
The story that put him on the map, which I had the advantage of converting into English, was Mainu Tagore Bana de, Ma. It is a story of affection and yearning of a brilliant town student with a style for composing and needs to quit any pretense of tutoring for need of assets. Neediness powers the adolescent to turn into an everyday wage worker. The story had an extraordinary effect and Bhandari was considered as a part of one of the dynamic journalists of Punjabi language. Particularly the life and soul of the Coffee House culture in Sector 17, Chandigarh, he worked in the Punjab training division. The city was home to him for quite a long while.
Ordinarily, he would invest his lunch energy with companions, for example, late journalists Bhushan and Amar Giri, painter Raj Kumar among others. The diverse gathering would have profound conversation on life and writing over espresso and cigarettes (there was no prohibition on open smoking in those days). The essayist is made by his significant other Nirmal and three children, Sanjeev, Rajiv and Rahul.