Translation is demanding but is a delightful experience. Vasdev Mohi is a well-known Sindhi poet and critic. A few years ago he published his collection of Sindhi short stories “Chequebook.” I am fortunate enough that I have got the opportunity of translating this collection into English. Mohi, who is a sensitive poet, has succeeded in capturing the agonies and sufferings of marginalized sections of society in many stories. The first story “Sacrifice” realistically portrays the abject poverty of the family who are forced to sacrifice their goat. The end of the story is different in the sense as it shows the triumph of pure human feelings over all the external adverse circumstances. Story leaves an abiding impression on readers’ mind who continue to think about inconsistencies of life for a long time. The last story “Chequebook” also highlights the life of domestic maid-servant who has to suffer on account of ill- treatment at the hands of her husband and poverty. Story realistically portrays the selfishness and greed for money in society. Mohi who is a humanist once again asserts the purity of sentiments and commitment to humanism. This subaltern concern of the writer runs through many of his stories.
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