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Terming his death as "untimely'' though he was 88, speakers said that before falling ill, Bhishm Sahni was still active and his death had deprived the world of his thoughts and literary works which he would have produced in the years to come.
Calling him a man with "a lot of versatility'', speakers said that despite having done his postgraduation in English and later on teaching English in different colleges, the eminent writer did his doctorate on the works of the noted Hindi poet and writer, Hazari Prasad Dwivedi.
``An avid lover of books, Bhishm Sahni always exhorted people to read more and more literature. In every discussion, he used to be an important participant bringing life and vigour to the entire meeting.''
``As a proponent of socialism, he used to support the cause of the downtrodden and weaker sections of society by highlighting their plight in his writings. Bhishm Sahni played different roles in his life, his total dedication was towards his works for which he tirelessly worked throughput his life, speakers observed.
Remembering his award-winning novel "Tamas'' as milestone in the Indian literary scenario, the participants said Bhishm Sahni gave his readers a feeling of freedom and independence.
"Every time he wrote something, it was always a new script thus keeping his readers and followers spellbound for over six decades. A tremendous variety can be found in his work full of minute of observations of the society.''
Among those present on the occasion were Nirmal Verma, Kunwar Narain, Balraj Komal, Vishwa Nath Tripathi, Yoginder Pal, Satinder Singh, Vrinda Prasad and Krishna Baldev.
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