Prominent Hindi author and essayist Krishna Sobti passed away on Friday (25 January) at an age of 93, reports Tribune India. She breathed her last in a Delhi hospital where she was admitted for the past two months.
"She was about to complete her 94 years in February, so an age factor was there no doubt. For the last one week she was in the ICU. Even after being extremely sick, she was very much aware about her thoughts and about what was happening in the society," her friend and managing director of Rajkamal Prakashan Ashok Maheshwari was quoted in the report as saying.
Sobti, born on 18 February 1925 in Gujrat (now in Pakistan), was known for writing about issues of female identity and sexuality. She also wrote under the name Hashmat and published Hum Hashmat, a compilation of pen portraits of writers and friends.
She had won the Sahitya Akademi award in 1980 for her novel Zindaginama and was also conferred with the Jnanpith Award in 2017 for her contribution to the Indian literature.
Sobti was best known for her 1966 novel Mitro Marajani, which explored a married woman's sexuality. Her other acclaimed works include Surajmukhi Andhere Ke, Yaaron Ke Yaar and Daar Se Bichchuri.
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