Phanishwar Nath Renu or Renu ji, is counted among the foremost writers of Hindi literature. Born in a small village (Aurahi Hingna village) Phanishwarnath Renuin Purnia district of Bihar on 4 March 1921, he became famous for his active participation in civil and human rights movement, raising his voice against injustice including the struggle for Indian independence in 1942.

In 1950, he joined Nepalese struggle against the dominance of Rana kings and was jailed. During 1952-53 he became very sick, was diagnosed with tuberculosis. This was the time that he came to know Ms. Latika, a nurse in the hospital where he was admitted, and later married. Only afterwards did Latika discover that he already had a wife and family in Aurahi Hingna village.

After his sickness, he became much more active in literature and his first novel Maila Anchal (Dirty sari) was published that established his reputation as a serious writer. Apart from fiction, he was equally active in writing about persons, reports and events. During later part of seventies, he joined the Samporn Kranti (Total revolution) movement led by Jayaprakash Narayan and was jailed and tortured by the police. These were the years that he came in contact with my father. My father died in 1975 and I have a letter of Renu Kalank Mukti by Phanishwarnath Renu, book covertalking about my father. He himself died two years later, on 11 April 1977.
Novels
Maila Anchal
Parti Parikatha
Juloos
Deerghtapa
Kitne Chaurahe
Paltu Babu Road

Stories
Maare Gaye Gulfam (Teesri Kasam)
Lal Pan Ki Begum
Panchlight
Thes
Samvadiya
Tabe Ekla Chalo Re
Lakshmi

Story collections (Katha-Sangrah)
Thumri
Agnikhor
Acche Aadmi
Ek Adim Ratri Ki Mehak
Ek Shravani duphari

Memoirs
Rindjal Dhanjal
Van Tulsi ki gandh
Shrut Ashrut Purva

Reportage
HrinJal- DhanJal
Nepali Kranti Katha
Van tulsi ki gandh
Shruth Asruth purve
Pahli kranti katha

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