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ART & CULTURE

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Urdu Literature, Ismat Chughtai

Ismat Chughtai dared to raise the veil of hypocrisies in Indian society

[Book excerpt] The following piece appears in the anthology 'An Uncivil Woman: Writings on Ismat Chughtai' by Rakhshanda Jalil.

ART & CULTURE

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Saadat Hasan Manto, Short Stories, Urdu, Urdu Literature

A short history of greatest Urdu short stories ever told

[Book extract] Not until Premchand did it develop into a discrete genre and a major landmark of literary topography.

ART & CULTURE

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Urdu Literature, Pakistan, Ali Akbar Natiq

Pakistani poet-writer Ali Akbar Natiq: Mullahs have no place in religion

Our neighbour's literary superstar does not like it when critics call him the modern-day Manto.

ART & CULTURE

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Postcolonial India, Women, Urdu Literature, Ismat Chughtai

When it comes to Ismat Chughtai, there's no way to memorialise the immortal

On the author's 25th death anniversary, a look at how she normalised the repressed expression of female sexuality.

ART & CULTURE

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India-Pakistan Relations, Gulzar, Urdu Literature, Intizar Hussain

Gulzar's tribute to Intizar Hussain, chronicler of lost love between India and Pakistan

Literary figures should be revered the way he was venerated, because they are above boundaries.