To be a published author in pre-Independence India, especially as a teenager, might sound like an impossible feat. But Amrita Pritam was unique in many ways.
Born in Pakistan and having lived in India most of her life, Amrita was the poet-novelist who was loved by both countries which have a lot in common but agree on few. Although she wrote in Hindi and Punjabi, Amrita's poems, essays, novels, and other works have been read, and loved widely through translations. The Jnanpith awardee brought romance and politics into her works with equal ease. To this day, she continues to inspire generations of women to pick up the pen and write their hearts out.
Amrita, who passed away in 2005, would have turned 101 years old today.