Manohar Shyam Joshi

(1933-2006)


Manohar Shyam Joshi , well known author of Hindi Literature, is often called the Father of Indian Soap Operas. His ever popular creations HUMLOG and BUNIYAD influenced an entire generation of Indians. When the first soap opera HumLog started in 1982, television was still a luxury item for majority of Indians. This serial that dealt with the everyday lives of people, so engrossed the majority of Indians that every Indian could identify with it .

Manohar Shyam Joshi is also known for his novels which have dealt with varied topics ranging from Kumaoni Traditions (Kasap) to Political Satire like Netaji Kahin . He was one of the first post modernist authors in modern Hindi literature , as evidenced in his novel Kuru kuru Swaahaa and his novella Hariya Hercules ki Hairaani . He was awarded the prestigious Sahitya Academy award for Hindi, for his novel Kyaap, in 2005.

He had a long stint as a journalist, both in the broadcast and the print media. He served as the editor of Saptahik Hindustan and Weekend Review . His journalistic writings covered a wide range of topics from popular science to political intrigues . In his last days, he wrote an opinion column for Outlook Saptahik, Hindi magazine from Outlook India .

Literary Creations Television Serials Hindi Movies
Kasap Humlog Hey Ram
Netaji Kahin Buniyaad Papa Kahte Hain
Kuru Kuru Swaahaa Kakaji Kahin Apu Raja
Hariya Hercules ki Hairaani (The Perplexity of Hariya Hercules) Mungeri Lal ke Haseen Sapne Bhrashtachar
Baaton-baaton mein Hamrahi
Mandir Ghaat ki Pauriyaan Zameen Aasman
Kaise Kissago Gatha
Ek Durlabh Vyaktitva
Ta Ta Professor (in English T'ta Professor)
Humzaad
Lucknow mera Lucknow
Kyaap
21 vi sadi
Pathkatha Lekhan, ek parichay