Amrita Pritam

Romantic and indulgent in most of her writings till the very end, her writings influenced at least two or three generations of Punjabi writers, especially young women who took to expressing their inner turmoil through engaging verse. She was often criticised by purists for her unconventional and defiant outlook and dubbed a feminist because she sought to articulate the agony, the pain, and the aspirations of her women protagonists, both in and out of wedlock. In many ways, the same concerns are evident in most of her poems,