Harcharan Chawla

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Harcharan Chawla
Born Harcharan Dass Chawla
(1926-11-04)4 November 1926
Mianwali, British India (now Pakistan)
Died 5 November 2001(2001-11-05) (aged 75)
Oslo, Norway
Occupation Novelist
Genre Fictional prose, short story
Literary movement Post-Colonial
Notable works Anguish of a Horse

Harcharan Dass Chawla (November 4, 1926 – November 5, 2001) (Urdu: ہرچرن داس چاولہ Hindi: हरचरण दास चावला) was an Urdu writer.

Born in Mianwali (now Pakistan), he moved to Delhi, India as a refugee as a result of the 1947 partition of India. The event served as the backdrop for his first novel Darinday, and would leave a lasting impression throughout his career, with migration and cultural identity dominant themes of his work.

In 1971 Chawla moved to Frankfurt, Germany then Oslo, Norway in 1974 where he would eventually settle. His shift to Europe would bring new dimension to his writing, addressing issues of loss of culture and identity faced by South Asians migrating to different parts of the world.

In Oslo, Chawla would help in creating a literary bridge between the Indian subcontinent and Norway by translating Norwegian stories into Urdu and Hindi and South Asian work into Norwegian. He translated Norwegian Knut Hamsun's novel Victoria. En kjærlighedshistorie into Hindi and Urdu and Indian Foreteller, a compilation of stories by Indian writers into Norwegian. He was also the Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi consultant for Deichmanske Bibliotek, Oslo.


  • Darinday, 1968 (Urdu)
  • Aks Aiyene Ke, 1974 (Urdu, short stories)
  • Broken Horizon, 1974 (English, short stories)
  • Ret, Samundar aur Jhag, 1980 (Urdu, short stories)
  • Akhri Kadam se Pehle, 1983 (Hindi, short stories)
  • Norway Ke Behtreen Afsaney, 1989 (Urdu)
  • Anguish of a Horse, 1990 (English, short stories)
  • Dil, Dimagh aur Duniya, 1992 (Urdu)
  • India Foreteller, 1992 (Norwegian)
  • Bhatke Hue Log, 1993 (Urdu)
  • Dhoop Ek Chadar, 1993 (Hindi, Urdu, novel)
  • Victoria, 1996 (Urdu, Hindi, translated)
  • Chiragh Ke Zakhm (Urdu)
  • Aate Jaate Mausmon Ka Sach (Urdu)
  • Album Yadon Ki, 2001 (Urdu, Hindi)
  • Bhatke Hue Log, 1984, 2003 (Hindi)
  • Fan or Shakhsiyat, 2003 (Urdu)
  • Adrift, 2003 (English)

Honours and awards[edit]

  • Rajinder Singh Bedi Award
  • Uttar Pradesh Urdu Academy Award - 1976, 1981, 1991
  • Zalaten Klas Bulgaria International Short Story Competition
  • Meer Academy Award - 1981

See also[edit]

List of Urdu language writers

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