Surendra Mohan Pathak was born on 19 Feb, 1940 in Khemkaran, Punjab. His started his writing career by trasalating Ian Flemings James Bond, James Hadley Chase and Mario Puzo novels into Hindi.
His first short story was 57 Saal Purana Aadmi written in 1959, and his first novel was Operation Budapest. Since the late 1960s, he has written over 250 Hindi novels of his own. His books have sold over 25 million copies , making him by some counts the # 1 bestselling writer in India. He first got recognition for creating character named Sunil, who featured in 115 novels. Sunil is an upright investigative journalist. However, the best known series created by him was Vimal (Sardar Surender Singh Sohal), a refined criminal who fights against the Bombay underworld.
Two books from Pathaks popular Vimal series: 65 Lakh ki Dakaiti, and Din Dahade Dakaiti were translated to English under the titles The 65 Lakh Heist and Daylight Robbery by Sudarshan Purohit, a Bangalore based software engineer. The 65 Lakh Heist was published in March 2009, and Daylight Robbery in January 2010, by Blaft publications.
Surendra Mohan Pathak lives in Delhi with his family.
Books by Surendra Mohan Pathak
The 65 Lakh Heist by Surendra Mohan Pathak Vimal never wanted to get involved in the heist. Now that he's been roped in, he just hopes he can finish the job without getting caught. His partners have other plans, however, and soon Vimal finds himself playing a deadly game with the kingpin of the Punjab underworld...
First published in 1977 and reprinted over fifteen times, Painsath Lakh ki Dakaiti is the fourth book in Surender Mohan Pathak's hugely popular 'Vimal' series, the book that launched a whole genre of anti-hero Hindi crime fiction. This is the first time SMP's work has been translated into English.Read More...Hide Pages: 294
Saroja lives in a village with her parents, aunt and beautiful elder sister Lalitha. Saroja's life is uncomplicated, and simple things give her joy like the birth of a calf or a taste of one of Chingleput's sweets. Lalitha, on the other hand, believes she is too good for the village. Ambitious and spoilt, she has dreams of being a movie star that are fulfilled when a film-maker casts her in his documentary on village life. Overnight Lalitha becomes the talk of the town; her latent sexuality manifests itself and she uses her elevated status to her advantage. Basking in Lalitha's reflected glory Saroja tries to imitate her womanly wiles, which results in confused ideas about sexuality and ambition. But when the family is faced with a scandal, Saroja emerges with a practical outlook on life.
Known Turf by Annie Zaidi
'Annie Zaidi tells these stories from different parts of India with compassion, detail and importantly, with a gentle humour.The reports and conversations are very well spaced. Often,the very funny conversations, which so well capture the flavour of non metro India, set you up for a tale of sudden brutality.The stories on dalits in the Punjab easily rank amongst the best done on the subject. This author sketches the personality of her subjects with warmth and sympathy and humour,but minus the cliches that often make such stories a heavy read.The stories span a massive range from little bus and road journeys with engaging portraits, to child hunger, debt, bondage, untouchability, religious tension and conflict and crimes against women. Above all, it is the quality of the story-telling that grips you.
Those Small Lil Things In Life And Love
Those Small Lil Things In Life And Love by Rahul Saini
Raj, a young architect, who is a huge film buff and believes that life, is full of filmy angles'. He hates his job and has an almost evil boss. He has a shoddy love life, is heart broken and feels that he is the loneliest person on the face of this earth.It's a story connecting all those small little incidents in one's life that one never forgets.It's a journey through growing up. A journey from love, to out of it. Through joy, sadness and anger. About childhood friendship blooming into love. About the one you love not loving you back. About friends making each other happy, and about friends making each other sad - about friends fighting. It's about being completely sure about things, and at the same time, being utterly unsure about them. It's about school, college and professional life. It's a lot about the heart, and its desires.It's a story about finding it tough to adjust at times, and then missing it later when they are over.'