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Ajeet Cour is a reputed fiction writer who has nine collections of short
stories and two novels to her credit. She got the Sahitya Akademi Award for
her fine autobiographical work titled Khanabadosh (1982). Ajeet Cour was
born on November 16, 1934 in Lahore, Pakistan. Having begun her writing
career as a romantic, she has matured into a realist. Her short stories
portray the unequal situation of women in human relationships, suffering
from under-privileged positions in relation with their husbands and lovers.
Throughout her works she projects a woman's failure to find a home instead
of merely a house.
More recently Ajeet Cour has emerged as a crusader for women's issues in
perceptive columns displaying a courage of convictions. Readers eagerly look
forward to her reportage of cultural events.
She has many awards to her credit including Shiromani Sahitkar Award, 1979;
International IATA Award, 1984; Sahitya Akademi Award, 1985; Bharatiya
Bhasha Parishad Award, 1989; Punjabi Sahita Sabha Award, 1989. At present
she is chairperson, Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, New Delhi.
The Library of Congress has twenty-one works of her in its collection.