Said to be written just after the death of her mother, Krishna Sobti’s Ai Ladki attracted much attractions and was hailed as a masterpiece by Hindi literary Dom when it was first published in 1991. Awarded the Sahitya Akademi in 1980, Sobti was known for innovative use of language, technique and refreshing delineation of strong women characters which opened new vistas in Hindi literature. This ably translated Listen Girl! by a Dogri scholar Shivanath came in 2003. The novella, Hindi or English, was a classics.