Balwant Singh (1921-86), author of more than 40 volumes of fiction, which includes 22 novels and about 300 short stories; was in the forefront of Urdu literary world with Bedi, Manto and Krishan Chandar. Even before the Partition Balwant Singh had established himself as a notable writer of fiction in Urdu. Balwant Singh depicted rural life in the Punjab with an insight; especially, his perception of the Sikh psyche is unrivalled. He had the courage to delve deep into the intricacies of the human mind and illuminated hidden terrains which not only made his stories unique but also turned the characters memorable.
The greatest characteristic of Singh’s stories is their variety. The writer had seen life from multiple aspects and attempted to understand and explain many of its problems. He was skilled at characterization and several of his creations — Jagga, Albela, Babu Manik Lal — illustrate opposing conditions of human life as the writer took care to bring out their contradictions rather than allowing them to appear uniform.
This paper is an attempt to bring Balwant Singh from out of oblivion and provide the insight into fragments of his literary work.
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