Early life and education
Kamleshwar Prasad Saxena
of Uttar Pradesh,
India, where he spent his early years. Kamleshwar's first story 'Comrade' was publishedin 1948
.Later he did his graduation and followed by a Master's degree in Hindi literature fromAllahabad University. His first novel 'Badnam Gali (Cursed lane) was published while hewas still a student
, he later started his literary career in Allahabad itself.
In his early days, he worked as a proof reader
, growing up to become, the editor of 'Vihan', literary magazine in late 50's. This was followed by editorship of many Hindimagazines, like 'Nayi Kahaniyan' (1963-66), 'Sarika' (1967-78), 'Katha Yatra' (1978-79),'Ganga' (1984-88) and weeklies, 'lngit' (1961-63) and 'Shree Varsha' (1979-80), besidesthis, he also remained the editor of Hindi dailies,'Dainik Jagaran'(1990-1992), and
'Dainik Bhaskar '(1996-2002)
, and helped revive the Hindi magazine, 'Sarika', as itseditor by bringing focus on new and emerging voices of modern India, an effort whichreflected his encouragement to Marathi Dalitwriters and Bohra Muslim litterateurs, thusopening new vistas for Hindi readers.Kamleshwar became famous for his shortstories, and some other works, which depictedthe contemporary life in a vivid style of presentation. With the publication of his story,'Raja Narbansiya' (1957)
, he was immediately placed in league of leading writers of his times.In his prolific career, spanning four decades, hewrote over three hundred stories, including,Maans Ka Dariya, 'Neeli Jheel' and 'Kasbe KaAadmi'
, published over ten collections of short stories, ten novels most prominent amongthem being, Ek Sadak Sattawan Galiyan, Laute Huye Musajir, Kaali Aandhi, AagamiAteet, Registan and Kitne Pakistan, apart from 35 other literary works in different genresranging from literary criticism, travelogue, memoirs, to socio-cultural commentary
"...once upon atime, trees providedshelter from the sunand the wind tohuman homes. Now, the trees have become used togrowing in theshadows of tallconcrete buildings." --