Urdu litterateur Nand Kishore Vikram who published the iconic Alami Urdu Adab is no more
Veteran Urdu author Nand Kishore Vikram who published the voluminous Alami Urdu Adab for decades, is no more. He passed away in Delhi.
Nand Kishore Vikram was 89. He was born in Rawalpindi in undivided India on September 17, 1929. Partition of the country had affected him deeply. As he had seen bloodshed on both sides of the border, even saw killings in front of him, he turned into a humanist.
Politically, he mentioned in his own writings that he had lost faith in Congress for which he earlier had great respect and turned towards leftism. Vikram had started his career working with Mela Ram Wafa's Qaumi Akhbar and Amrit, later he brought out the magzine, Irtiqa.
Also, he had published Nai Kahani from Kanpur. Later, he settled in Delhi & was associated with Aaj Kal, the Urdu magazine of Publications Division. In the decade of eighties, he started Alami Urdu Adab, a voluminous annual ecyclopaedic magazine that covered happenings in Urdu literature across the world, including a record of events, deaths et al.
As far as his literary career is considered, in 1954, he had written his first novel, Yaadon ke Khandhar', which was published much later. He wrote short stories and translated nearly 30 books. Though devoted to Urdu, he wrote in English, Hindi and Punjabi as well. He is survived by his son and two daughters. It is certainly a void in Urdu literature that can't be filled.