|About the Book|
Sachchidananda Hirananda Vatsyayan Agyeya (सचचिदाननद हीराननद वातसयायन अजञेय) (7 March 1911 – 4 April 1987), popularly known by his pen-name Ajneya (Beyond comprehension), was a pioneer of modern trends not only in the realm of Hindi poetry, butMoreSachchidananda Hirananda Vatsyayan Agyeya (सच्चिदानन्द हीरानन्द वात्स्यायन अज्ञेय) (7 March 1911 – 4 April 1987), popularly known by his pen-name Ajneya (Beyond comprehension), was a pioneer of modern trends not only in the realm of Hindi poetry, but also fiction, criticism and journalism. He was one of the most prominent exponents of the Nayi Kavita (New Poetry) and Prayog (Experiments) in Modern Hindi literature, edited the Saptaks, a literary series, and started Hindi newsweekly, Dinaman.Agyeya also translated some of his own works, as well as works of some other Indian authors to English. He also translated some books of world literature into Hindi.Agyeya edited Sainik from Agra (1936), Vishal Bharat from Calcutta (now Kolkata) (1936) and Prateek (1947) and Naya Prateek (1973) respectively from Allahabad and New Delhi. In English he edited Vak (1951) also.He travelled extensively, both in India and abroad. Between 1961 and 1964, he held a visiting faculty position at the University of California, Berkeley.In 1965, he returned to India and became Founder Editor of the newsweekly Dinaman of the Times of India Group. When the members of the Hungry generation or Bhookhi Peerhi movement were arrested and prosecuted for their anti-establishment writings, Ajneya through Dinmaan relentlessly supported the young literary group of Kolkata till they were exonerated. His dispatches on Bihars famous famine are considered milestones in pro-people reporting.He remained in India till 1968, before embarking on a trip to Europe. In 1969 he returned to Berkeley as Regents Professor, and continued there till June 1970. In 1976, he had an 8-month stint at Heidelberg University, as a Visiting Professor. Later he joined University of Jodhpur, Rajasthan as Professor and Head of the Deptt. of Comparative Literature.He served as Editor of Jayprakash Narayans Everymans Weekly (1973–74) and Editor-in-Chief of Hindi daily Navbharat Times (1977–80) of the Times of India Group.He died on 4 April 1987 in New Delhi.