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a famous and immensely popular literary heroine very early on in life. —Editor. Lihaaf [The Quilt]. Ismat Chughtai. Translated from Urdu by M. Asaduddin. Ismat Chughtai (Urdu: عصمت چغتائی) (August – 24 October ) was an eminent Urdu writer, known for her indomitable spirit and a. Lihaaf (دیکھو) by Ismat Chughtai is one of the most controversial pieces in Urdu literary community. It caused enormous ripples in the.

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Shumail Hassan rated it really liked it Sep 16, Nurat rated it it was amazing Nov 03, It was hcughtai in in unpartitioned India. While reading the story, I had often thought of her husband. However, her family being educated and cultured were most probably not rigid in aligning themselves with the norms urdy the time. I heard an audiobook version.

Overall a great read. Mar 21, Khush rated it it was amazing.

DIL KI DUNYA: Lihaf A Beautiful Urdu Short Story By Ismat chughtai

Snigdha rated it liked it Feb 28, Zakia Ashraf November 20, at One of the best urdu writers and writers in general, Ismat Chugtai shot to fame or rather infamity with Lihaaf which was well ahead of its times when written and hence raised a lot of controversies. From a very young age, being a girl, she was not allowed to do certain things that boys were not only allowed but encouraged to do. Shahid Khan February 18, at 3: Jacquelyn August 15, at 1: Why Rabbu and not another Nawab?


Isar Ahmad Safi 1 Dr. Her bodily pain is such that no one can cure her, except one of her female servants. When one reads this story, one wants to know about its writer. An itch, her niece discovers, no doctor can cure and only her masseuse can relieve.

Alisha Hemangi November 19, at 9: Sheetal S Kumar rated it really liked it Sep 23, When the narrator is left at Begum Jan’s place by her mother, she realises that despite her past admiration of love for Begum Jan, there lie many secrets with her.

Dec 17, Ashwani Mahour rated it it was amazing. Of course, the story did not go well with the norm makers, she had to undergo a criminal trial for ‘obscenity,’ however, she asked the lawyer which words did he consider obscene in the story.

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The author has captured the Begum’s frustration and the resulting events in a sympathetic, almost comical manner, through the eyes of a child that does not completely understand chugjtai she’s witnessing, and the story, though short, is a good read, with many things that make you think. Unknown October 11, at 1: Shreela rated it really liked it May 12, Bidisha Sinha rated it urdy was amazing Mar 21, What was he like?


Lihaaf by Ismat Chugtai

Qaisar November 16, at 9: Published inat the Urdu literary journal Adab-i-Latif, it led to much controversy, uproar and an obscenity trial in the Lahore Court. An obscenity trial and much uproar later, the story is still quite relevant. The narrator of this story, a precocious nine-year old child, is sent to visit an aunt. The Times of India.

Ismat chughtai’s lihaaf

Having read some of her work, it seems like she was familiar with the western literature, but at the same time, she was deeply absorbed in Urdu literature from a young age. I fell in love with Chughtai ma’am after reading Lihaaf.

Saleem Wahid Saleem 1 Dr. Abhishek rated it really liked it Oct 14, Such bold story about a mistress’ relationship.

TariqRaheel September 4, at 5: How does she become the kind of writer she did?