"Reformatory" is an English translation of Sahitya Akademi
award-winning Punjabi novel, Sudhar Ghar. This novel takes a
relentless look at the state of prisons, the working of the state of
prisons, the working of the police machinery and the judiciary. Itis a
searing, honest account of what goes on behind the scenes in
prisons and is heart-wrenching in its description of human misery.
The title "Reformatory" which is what prisons are supposed to be, is
wryly satirical as the book proceeds to give, in great detail, what the
reformatories are really like and what they do to the people
unfortunate enough to find themselves inside them.
Mitter Sain Meet (b. 1952) is an eminent Hindi writer. He has
published eight books including the novels Kafla, Punaswass, Taftish,
Katehra, Sudhar Ghar, Kavrav Sabha and the short story collections
Laam and Thoss Sabut. Four of his novels have been translated into
Hindi and few of them have also been prescribed as text books by
different universities. He is the recipient of Nanak Singh Galp
Puraskar, Best Novel Award, Swaran Kaur Yadgari Puraskar,
Mohan Lal Bhaskar Award, Best Novel Award awarded by Kuldip
Singh Trust and Shaakar Pursharthi Award.
Malati Mathur (b. 1958) is an eminent scholar and translator. She
writes and translates in and between Tamil, Hindi and English and
is a Professor of English at IGNOU. She has several publications to
her credit which include Merging Meridians: A D Hope’s Poetic Vision,
Remembering Amma, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan: The Jodhpur Years and
Affinities. She is the recipient of three Katha Awards, Katha-British
Council awards for translating short stories and novels from Tamil
and Hindi into English. She was nominated for the women
achievers award for literary contribution by Femina in 2015.
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