Harishankar Parsai
Born(1922-08-22)22 August 1922
Jamani, Central Provinces and Berar, British India
Died10 August 1995(1995-08-10) (aged 72)
Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India
OccupationWriter, satirist

Harishankar Parsai (22 August 1922 – 10 August 1995) was an Indian writer who wrote in Hindi. He was a noted satirist and humorist of modern Hindi literature and is known for his simple and direct style.[1] He wrote vyangya (satire), which described human values and nature. They reflected his critical thinking and humorous way of describing simple things with huge meanings. Parsai won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1982, for his satire, Viklaang Shraddha ka daur.[2]


He was born in Jamani village near Itarsi in Hoshangabad district, Madhya Pradesh. He completed his M.A. in Hindi from Nagpur University. After pursuing writing along with his service for some time, he quit his job and took writing as a full-time career.

He settled in Jabalpur and started a literature magazine called Vasudha. Despite it being highly praised, he had to stop the magazine after the publication suffered economic losses.[3] Hari Shankar Parsai used to give answers of readers in a column "Poochhiye Parsai Se" in a Hindi newspaper Deshbandhu published from Raipur and Jabalpur. He won Sahitya Akademi Award in 1982, for his satire, "Viklaang Shraddha Ka Daur" 'विकलांग श्रद्धा का दौर'.[4]

Parsai died on 10 August 1995 in Jabalpur. According to The Hindu, by the time of his death, Parsai had revolutionized the art of satire writing in Hindi.[5]



Short stories
Children's literature


In popular culture

Parsai Kehate Hain an Indian television show which adapted several works of Harishankar Parsai into episodic stories aired on DD National in the early 2000s.[9]


  1. ^ Shalkee (29 June 2019). "In pursuit of Parsai". The Asian Age. Retrieved 6 January 2023.
  2. ^ "Harishankar Parsai". Prasar Bharti. All India Radio. Retrieved 6 January 2023.
  3. ^ Date of birth 22 August 1922, per Manas Publishing, in Inspector Matateen on The Moon
  4. ^ Awards 1955–2007 Sahitya Akademi Official website.
  5. ^ Nobody's Cheerleader, The Hindu
  6. ^ Link, Volume 25, Issue 3
  7. ^ Know Your State - Madhya Pradesh, p. 353
  8. ^ Works by Harishankar Parsai at Open Library Edit this at Wikidata
  9. ^ परसाई कहते हैं. Prasar Bharati, Doordarshan Archives. 2008. OCLC 857779416.