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Premchand revolutionised Hindi-Urdu literature with his writings, says his grandson Alok Rai

Rai spoke in a session titled "Hindustani Zindagi Ka Naqsh-Nigaar: Premchand" in which he stated that Premchand picked a language, which reached the masses

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New Delhi, Feb 18, 2017: According to Premchand’s grandson Alok Rai, Munshi Premchand changed the face of Hindi-Urdu literature by incorporating his ‘modern outlook’ and lucid articulations.

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Rai spoke in a session titled “Hindustani Zindagi Ka Naqsh-Nigaar: Premchand” in which he stated that Premchand picked a language, which reached the masses.

“Premchand had a modern view and understood things happening around him from a completely different perspective. Being an ardent reader, he had several influences which he used in telling stories,” Rai stated while speaking at Jashn-e-Rekhta, a festival celebrating Urdu language.

Manager Pandey, former JNU professor and author spoke about the usage of idioms was exclusive to Premchand’s writings.

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“He adopted an extensive use of idioms in most of his stories. The best thing about Premchand was that he was a social writer and expressed himself in a language that people could easily understand. He touched different castes, cultures as well as religions and catered to everybody,” Manager said.

Munshi Premchand wrote more than dozen of books and penned more than 300 stories. Therefore, he was known as “Upanayas Samrat”. He is attributed to be a pioneer in Hindi literature.

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Premchand’s books, for instance, “Godaan”, “Nirmala”, “Rangbhoomi” and “Sevasadan”;
exhibited the realism and portrayed the plight of oppressed and urban middle class strata of the society in his modern and critical way.

His popular stories are “Kafan”, “Shatranj Ke Khiladi”, “Idgah”, “Poos Ki Raat”, “Namak Ka Daroga” and “Sadgati” among many others.

Rai stated that his grandfather penned strong woman characters with a free will, hence he was ahead of his times and broke ceiling on the stereotypes of submissive woman.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)