Yad Hik Pyar Ji
By Krishin Khatwani
Translated into Odia as Eka Premara Smrutire By Annapurna Mohanty (Sahitya Akademi, 2002)
Translated into Hindi as Smriti: Ek Prem Ki By Motilal Jotwani (National Book Trust India, 1985)
By foregrounding the painful transition from past to present—Yad Hik Pyar Ji establishes that it is not necessary to reject the past; instead one must come to terms with the reality of the present, no matter how cruel and irredeemable it seems. The novel narrates the meeting between two old friends who had loved each other when they were together at college but had failed to express themselves. Khatwani is known to have a soft corner for female characters. So, the novel introduces us to a bold and assertive female character in contrast to the taciturn male protagonist. It is remembered for its lyrical cadence and the intense portrayal of human relationships and emotions. Yad Hik Pyar Ji won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1980.
About the Author
A popular Sindhi Novelist, Krishin Khatwani had equal command over the Sindhi poetry, story writing, Sindhi drama and even autobiographical sketches and travelogue. During the illustrated journey in Sindhi literature, Khatwani is credited with 18 books including 6 novels and some short story collections. Many of his writings have been translated into other regional languages.