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Mulk Raj Anand
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Born (1905-12-12)12 December 1905
Peshawar, NWFP, British India
(now in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan)
Died 28 September 2004(2004-09-28) (aged 98)
Pune, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Writer
Alma mater Cambridge University
University College London
Khalsa College, Amritsar
Period 20th century
Notable work Coolie; Untouchable
Notable awards Sahitya Akademi Award (1971)
Padma Bhushan (1967)
International Peace Prize (1953)
Spouses Kathleen Gelder; Shirin Vajifdar


Mulk Raj Anand (12 December 1905 – 28 September 2004) was an Indian writer in English, notable for his depiction of the lives of the poorer castes in traditional Indian society. One of the pioneers of Indo-Anglian fiction, he, together with R. K. Narayan, Ahmad Ali and Raja Rao, was one of the first India-based writers in English to gain an International readership. Anand is admired for his novels and short stories, which have acquired the status of classics of modern Indian English literature; they are noted for their perceptive insight into the lives of the oppressed and for their analysis of impoverishment, exploitation and misfortune. He became known for his protest novel “Untouchable” (1935), followed by other works on the Indian poor such as “Coolie” (1936) and “Two Leaves and a Bud” (1937). He is also noted for being among the first writers to incorporate Punjabi and Hindustani idioms into English, and was a recipient of the civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan.

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