Mohan Rakesh was one of the pioneers of the Nai Kahani ("New Story") literary movement of the Hindi literature in the 1950s. He wrote the first modern Hindi play,which won a competition organized by the Sangeet Natak Akademi. He made significant contribution to novel, short story, travelogue, criticism, memoirs and drama.
Born as Madan Mohan Guglani on January 8, 1925 in Amritsar, Punjab. His father a lawyer died when he was sixteen.