at his home, October 2017
|Native name||રાજેન્દ્ર ભોગીલાલ પટેલ|
|Born||Rajendra Bhogilal Patel|
(1958-08-20) August 20, 1958 (age 59)
Naroda, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
|Occupation||Poet, Short story writer, Critic, Translator |
|Education||Master of Science|
|Alma mater||Gujarat University|
|Period||Post-modern Gujarati literature|
|Genres||Free verse, Sonnet, Short story, Essay|
|Notable awards||Best Book Prize of Gujarat Sahitya Akadami|
|Years active||1974 - present|
Rajendra Patel (Gujarati: રાજેન્દ્ર પટેલ) is a Gujarati language poet, short story writer and critic from Gujarat, India. He is serving as a Vice president of Gujarati Sahitya Parishad since 2014. His significant works includes Jueeni Sugandha (2003; Collection of Short story), Shri Purant Janse (2009; Collection of Poems) and "Avagat" (2014; collection of criticism). Gujarat Sahitya Akadami awarded him for three times for his poems, Short stories and criticism. His book Jueeni Sugandh was translated by Navneet Thakkar in Hindi as Juhi Ki Mahak (2007). He also served in the editorial team of Shabdasrishti a monthly magazine published by Gujarat Sahitya Akademi,Gandhinagar.
Patel was born on 20 August 1958 in Naroda area in Ahmedabad, Gujarat; to Bhogilal and Lakshmibahen. He took his schooling from Diwan Ballubhai School, near Kankaria from 1968 to 1974. He got his Bachelor of Science from Bhavans College, Ahmedabad in 1978 with Chemistry subjects. He got his Master of Science from School of Science of Gujarat University in 1980 with Organic Chemistry.
He married in 1984 and he has two daughters.
He is running a pharmaceutical company.
He started to write in 1974 and got published for first time in Vishwamanav, a Gujarati language magazine. Subsequently, his poems got published in other literary magazine including Parab, Kumar, Kavilok, Kavita, Etad and Navneet Samarpan.
He served as a treasurer of Gujarati Sahitya Parishad, Ahmedabad from 2006 to 2009; as a member of Advisory board of Gujarati language at Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi from 2009 to 2012, as a joint secretary of Vanche Gujarat Abhiyan, Gandhinagar from 2010 to 2011 and as a secretary of Gujarati Sahitya Parishad from 2010 to 2013 and from 2014 he is serving as a Vice president of Gujarati Sahitya Parishad. At present he is trustee of Matrubhasha Abhiyan,Director of Anuvad Pratishthan and core team member of Gujarat Literature Festival, Ahmedabad.
Koshma Suryodaya, his first collection of poems, was published in 2004, followed by Shree Purant Janse (2009); Kabutar, Patang ane Darpan (2012); Ek Sodhaparva (2013), Bapujini Chhatri (2014) and Vastuparva (2016). Jueeni Sugandha (2003), Adhuri Shodh (2009) and Akbandh Aakash (2011) are three of his Short story collection. He also has given significant contribution in the field of literary criticism. His works of criticism includes Avagahan (2010), Avagat (2014) and Morito Chahi Na Ami (2015). Compilation of Translated Short Stories with others published by Sahitya Akademi,Delhi. One of his outstanding work is his compilation of "Samprat Gujarati Kavita : 1985 to 2010" , published by Sahitya akademi,Delhi(2015).
Gujarat Sahitya Akademi awarded him for his short story collection Jueeni Sugandh in 2004, for his poetry collection Shree Purant Janse in 2009. and for his criticism book "Avagat" in 2014.
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