By The Nation
His bathing rite was held at Wat Tri Thotsathep in Bangkok yesterday afternoon.
Born on October 11, 1927, Ajin was a prolific writer. His literary works covered articles, novels, short stories, scripts for TV dramas and radio dramas, poems, and even lyrics.
But his most-remembered masterpiece is a compilation of short stories under the title of “Mueang Rae” (Mine).
The stories were written based on his real-life experiences while working as a miner in the South. His father sent Ajin, who was dismissed as a student from the Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Engineering because of low grades, to a mine to discipline him.
The stories were made into a movie, “Mahalai Mueang Rae” (University of Mining).
Popular as a writer, he was also much respected as an editor. He was a co-founder of Fa Mueang Thai, a magazine that once enjoyed huge popularity among Thais.
In 1991, Ajin was named a national artist in the field of literature.
His elder sister, Cha-um Panjapan, was also a prominent novelist. She passed away at the age of 92 in 2013.