For 14th #KHIBookSwap meeting our topic was ‘Urdu Literature’. As usual we gathered at Del Frio on 12th Dec. I was late cos University road was flooded with water as two water pipelines burst near Aziz Bhatti Park. Most of our members couldn’t reach the venue due to the same problem. Best thing was I met two new members Urooj and Alizeh for the first time.
Urooj’s Review of Quratulain Haider ke Das Behtreen Afsanay
Quratulain Haider is a famous name in Urdu literature. I was actually in search of her very famous novel “Aag ka Darya”, but when I was unable to find it at the book store, I picked up this book which is a collection of 10 short stories written by her. Each story has a different taste. I feel that she has a very unique style of writing; sometimes she amazes the readers with very salees Urdu and sometimes she is so casual that you will feel she is sitting right beside you, having a conversation over a cup of coffee!
My most favorite story from this collection is “Roshni ki Raftar”(speed of light) which is about time travel. The main character is a female scientist who accidentally discovers time travel machine, and seizing the opportunity, she travels to the times of Pharaohs. The diction here is very interesting; the reader feels the as if he is trapped in time along with the main character. Her command on history, culture and fiction writing is evident from this story. I really enjoyed the light sarcasm and funny bits of the story along with historical/political snippets.
My Review of Manto ke Mutanazeh Afsanay
Sa’adat Hasan Manto who needs no introduction, he was a famous Urdu writer of short stories in South Asian history. His stories portrayed dark side of the human psyche and aftermath of Partition of the Indo-Pakistan and that makes him controversial. His famous stories are Khol Do, Thanda Gosht and Toba Tek Singh.
My favorite story was “Khol Do” which is one of the most famous and controversial stories of Manto. It is one of the masterpiece depicting the effects of violence during the partition of India on the people of the land. But unlike many others, Manto does not see the perpetrators as Hindu or Muslim, Hindustanis or Pakistanis, he just sees and depicts them as human beings with all their wilderness and barbarity.
Written by Farman Shams Co-founder of #KHIBookSwap