Narendra Kohli


Narendra Kohli (born 6 January 1940, Sialkot) is a Hindi-language author.
He is credited with reinventing the ancient form of epic writing in modern prose. He is also regarded as a trend-setter in the sense that he pioneered the creation of literary works based on the Puranas. Because of the large impact of his body of work on Hindi literature, this era of contemporary modern Hindi literature, since about 1975, is sometimes referred to as the ‘Kohli Era’.
He wrote a few novels based on the life of families and societies as well. But just portraying the society, or ridiculing its flaws and dilemmas was not going to satisfy him. He realised, that literature cannot reach its ultimate goal just by a narrow, partial and limited display of society, nor can the society benefit from such literature. The demonstration of poor human qualities will only encourage the evil and the foul. Therefore, it must be the goal of literature to demonstrate the great, honourable and moral aspect of life, he believes.[2]
Todo, Kara Todo is a novel based on the life of Swami Vivekananda. One reviewer called it the best on this topic in any of the languages so far. Mahasamr series is based on the famous
epic Mahabharat.
Vasudeva is a novel describing the life and times of Vasudeva, the father of Krishna; it describes his virtues and draws parallels between that era and the present day. It has been described by critics as a manifesto of a cultural revolution and an epic of human endurance and endeavour.

Some famous novels by Shri Kohli are :

  • Abhigyan
  • Abhyuday (2 parts)
  • Na bhuto na bhavishyati
  • Deeksha
  • Awsar
  • Sangharsh ki Oore
  • Sakshatkar
  • Prashthumi
  • Abhiyaan
  • Yuddh

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