Set in Shimla, Verma’s novel Lal Teen Ki Chhat tells of a young girl growing into adolescence in the company, of mostly, older women and a trailing younger brother. The story has a brooding tone. Nirmal Verma explores an inner world.
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"A well-known name in Hindi literature, Nirmal Verma is known mainly for his fictional works. Born on April 3, 1929, he obtained an M.A. in history from Delhi University. He studied Czech at the Oriental Institute in Prague and has been a Fellow with the International Institute for Asian Studies. Nirmal Verma is a recipient of India's highest literary award, the Jnanpith, and his short stories Kavve aur Kala pani won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1985. Some of his more popular novels are Antim aranya, Rat ka reporter, Ek Chithra Sukh, and Lal tin ki chat.