Harilal Upadhyay was born on the 22nd of January in the year 1916. He was a novelist and a poet in the Gujarati language. He was born in Mota Khijadiya in Gujarat, India. He has written over a hundred books in his career. His father’s name was Jadavji, and his mother’s name was Gangaben. He was born in a Brahmin family. His father was a priest in a nearby temple. He completed his school education by living with his father’s elder brother in Paddhari. His name was Bhavanishankar, and the name of his father’s sister was Dayakunwarben. Then he shifted to Jamnagar to study higher Sanskrit in order to learn new texts and rituals under the guidance of T. Shastri.

He began to write poems while he was studying Sanskrit in Jamnagar. The first poem which he recited on stage was at the age of thirteen. When he was fifteen years of age, a short story written by him named Hridoypalto was published in a popular magazine called Modhbandhu. He wrote another story which got published in a different magazine named Beghari Roj. During the period when he first started writing stories and poems, and his materials started to get published in magazines, he was attached to many bards and folk stories, all traditional. The bard which had influenced him the most was Krishnada.

He returned to his home, but he was not willing to take up priesthood like his father. His uncle was a musician, storyteller, and a traditional material expert. He used to go to the royal courts in many princely states and perform there. So Harilal decided to travel with his uncle to these places and take notes of the folk stories, music, and the incidents that would take place. He met an Indian Freedom fighter while traveling with his uncle and his name was V. Shukla. Inspired by him, Harilal wrote a poem which was five hundred stanzas long.

When Shukla brought this poem, titled Tanya, to Mumbai, the founder of the Janmabhoomi newspaper got impressed with Harilal and invited him to meet him. He then went to Mumbai to publish his first collection of stories names Jeevanchhaya. After this work, he decided to return to his home and write his stories and poems there. Unfortunately, he died on the 15th of January in the year 1994, just at 77 years of age. He has done more than a hundred works in his lifetime.

Apurv Nagpal Hindi Actor

Apurv Nagpal

Apurv Nagpal is an Indian author, entrepreneur, consultant, blogger, visiting faculty at IIM-A, and has worked in the corporate world in various capacities. He has worked as a producer under the label Saregama India Ltd. He is also a supporter of women empowerment, and he is well-connected with the NGO, Sheroes, which is a career network for women. Nagpal is known for his expertise in innovation and marketing. He completed his school years at Air Force Bal Bharti in Delhi. He received his undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) from the Sri Ram College Of Commerce, New Delhi in 1991, and his MBA degree from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in 1993. Apart from writing, Apurv visited all seven continents including Antarctica in Dec 2008 and 60+ countries, and he has the right to live and work in Europe. He has traveled abroad to many countries for cricket and football matches. He has watched every FIFA World cup Live since 1998 and most of them with his family. He gives reviews of movies frequently and have reviewed over 500 cinemas so far and bring out his reviews via Blogs, Quickies, Videos. Blogging consistently and interacting with readers on a regular basis. Apurv worked in the corporate field for over two decades, he started his career as an Assistant Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble India (1993 - 1996) in India and as Marketing Manager (1966 - 1997) for the same company in Dhaka, Sri Lanka. Later on, he worked as a Group Brand Manager at British American Tobacco (1997-1999) in Moscow, Russia Federation and launched Pall Mall in Russia and led it to a very high market share within a few months of launch. He was promoted to International Brand Manager at British American Tobacco (1999 - 2000) in London, United Kingdom. Later he worked as Category Head, Fabric Softeners & Ironing Aids at Reckitt Benckiser (2000 - 2003) in Slough, United Kingdom and was promoted as Head, Innovations, and Automatic Dishwashing at Reckitt Benckiser (2003 - 2005). Then he joined the team in Holland and worked as Marketing Director at Reckitt Benckiser (2005 -2006) in Holland. In December 2006, Apurv was made the marketing director for India for SAB-Miller working as Marketing Director at SABMiller (2006 - 2008) in Bangalore, India. In January 2009 Apurv Nagpal was appointed as the CEO of Saregama India Ltd (2009 - 2012), India. On April 9, 2012, he resigned from the company and moved to Pune to focus full-time on his writing career. Now he is the author of bestselling novel Eighteen Plus (2013) and Eighteen Plus Duets (2016) both the novels have been a success in the market. He is also a Visiting Faculty, Innovation at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, teaching Innovation to the PGP 2 students.


Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay

Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay was primarily a Bengali writer. He wrote short stories, novels and much more. He was also actively involved in writing several film's screenplays. He was born on March 30, 1899, at Jaunpur, United Province, India. He is an alumnus of the Vidyasagar College, Calcutta and completed his B. A. from there. At a mere age of twenty, he wrote and published his work Jaubansmriti, which is a collection of poems. He then shifted to Patna to study law. After that, he devoted his entire life to writing. He was a stickler for perfection and was extremely choosy about his works.  His work is short, crisp and is replete with elements of wit, romance, and satire. His writing compelled people to compare him with writing giants Balai Chand Mukhopadhyay, who people fondly called Bonoful. His stories revolving around a detective named Byomkesh Bakshi made him a household name. His other work Raktasandhya was published in both Bengali and English. In 1938, he shifted to Mumbai and started to work as a screenplay writer for film banners like Bombay Talkies. In 1952, he moved to the lanes of Pune and continued with writing horror stories, tales for children, and romance. Just like his character Byomkesh Bakshi, the principal role of Baroda, who featured as a ghost-hunter in his glory tales, became famous too. The names of some of the books he wrote are Kaler Mandira, Tungabhadrar Teere, GaurMallar, Kumarsambhaber Kabi, Tumi Sandhyar Megh, Dadar Kirti, Jhinder Bondi, Jatismar, Bohu Bighnani, Chuya-Chandan, Vokti Vajon, Sada Prithibi, SondehoJonok Byapar, Adim Nrityo, Bhutor Chondrobindu, Arob Sagorer Rosikota, Navjeevan, Durga, Azad, and much more. Several serial makers have adopted his work for the small screen. Some of them are Byomkesh Bakshi, which aired between the year of 1993 to 1997, and Byomkesh, which aired in 2017. Filmmakers like Tapan Sinha, Satyajit Ray, Manju Dey, Tarun Majumdar, Anjan Dutt, and several others took inspiration from his works and adopted them for the big screen. Besides this, he also wrote songs. As recent as 2015, Dibakar Banerjee directed a movie named Detective Byomkesh Bakshi starring Sushant Singh Rajput.  In 1967, he won the prestigious Rabindra Puraskar for his exceptional writing in Tungabhadrar Tirey. In the same year, Calcutta University also gave him the Sarat Smriti Purashkar. He died at the age of seventy-one due to age-related ailments at Malad, Mumbai on September 22, 1970.

Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay Hindi Actor