Vasdev Mohi

Vasdev Mohi

Biography

Considered an icon of modern Sindhi poetry, Vasdev Mohi’s repertoire includes 25 books of poetry, translated works, critical pieces and short stories. His critical essays and papers have appeared in national and international literary seminars and he is the recipient of several awards including the Sahitya Akademi Award, Sindhi Sahitya Akademy Award, Gangadhar Meher National Award and Lifetime Achievement Award of Sindhi Akademy.

Mohi, who is known for making Sindhi gazal popular among the masses by combining traditional Sindhi writing with the Japanese Hyku style, published his first book titled Tazaad, a collection of poems in 1976, which received critical acclaim. Subah Kithe Ahe, another book published by him, made him a favourite among the readers.

He was selected for the prestigious Saraswati Samman, a literary recognition given annually by the KK Birla Foundation, for his work Chequebook, a collection of short stories in Sindhi which was published in 2012.

Chequebook highlights the life of a domestic helper, facing ill-treatment from her husband and hardships because of poverty.

Having done his Masters in English literature from Gujarat University, Mohi joined Life insurance Corporation of India, but after a short stint, proceeded to teach English at the Indian High School, Dubai, from where he retired as Lecturer and Head, Department of English.