Suryakant Tripathi “Nirala” is considered to be the modern face of Hindi Literature. He wrote poetry, novels, essays and short stories too. Born into a Brahmin family in Bengal, from the beginning he was naturally inclined towards Sanskrit. Later in life he gained authority over several languages including Hindi, Bengali, English and Sanskrit. As for his personal life, Suryakant had very short periods of happiness for tragedy struck him in succession. He first lost his mother at an early age, his wife died when he was only 20, his daughter, a widow also died during her prime, and all through his life he remained a victim of financial crunch. A rebellion by nature, Nirala got plenty of derision and ridicule throughout his life. He strongly opposed the concepts of social injustice and exploitation in the society. If you’d like to know more about his works, here’s mentioning 7 of his most influential books, a must read.