Noted Punjabi writer Amrita Pritam has passed away in Delhi this afternoon. Recipient of the Padma Shri and a former Rajya Sabha member, Pritam was the author of Pinjar (available as The Skeleton in Khushwant Singh's translation), a hard-hitting Partition story that was recently made into a film starring Urmila Matondkar.
The Little Magazine has two of her stories online:
Sahiban in exile
This tragic news comes within a week of the demise of noted Hindi litterateur Nirmal Verma.