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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What was amazing about the story lihaxf that she could address such an ‘unspeakable’ issue— lihaaaf audience was not Scandinavian, but deeply religious and conservative Indians. What was he like? Begum Jan has had a very depressing life after marriage. The lady of the house is referred to as Begum Jan, her husband is always away on business trips and pays the least attention toward his wife or toward any woman.

Lihaaf is the title of one of the story in this book for which the author has to face controversy as well as legal actions.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This page was last edited on 3 Octoberat Srijan Baranwal rated it really liked it Jun 26, 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.

How was his inner world like? Or was it when she watched through the drawing room door the increasing number of firm-calved, supple- waisted boys and delicacies begin to come for them from the kitchen! Book reading is very good hobby,if you read the right book at right time. Anwar Zahidi 1 Dr. I heard an audiobook version. When one reads this story, one wants to know about its writer.

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The story tells us about Begum who is always ill. Aug 09, Divya rated it it was amazing. I must say that the story ‘Lihaaf’ is an interesting outcome of east-west communion. Published in the Urdu literary journal Adab-i-Latifit led to much controversy, uproar and an obscenity trial, where Ismat had to defend herself in the Lahore Court as well for this work.

Ismat, rather than getting affected or confused by these rules, would do everything that she was told not to.

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. Refresh and try again. This aunt, ignored by a husband whose only interest seems to lie in entertaining slim-waisted young boys, suffers from a relentless bodily itch. The narrator of this story, a precocious nine-year old child, is sent to visit an aunt. Anonymous January 5, at It’s a juicy story with use of such beautiful and big words, it keeps you so interested and you can’t put it down unless you finish it.

Pak Jazba July 13, at 9: One wonders many such things: It became a landmark for its early depiction of sex, still a taboo in modern Indian literaturelet alone Urdu literature. How does she become the kind of writer she did? Nice post and also informative. Saurabh Agarwal rated it liked it Oct 13, Mohsin Maghiana 1 Dr.


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Moazzam December 20, at 6: Some parts are beautifully written. Safdar Mahmood 1 Dr. Much relevant, boldly bashing the social orders. Begum Jaan would have glimpses of them in their perfumed, flimsy shirts and lihwaf as though she was being raked over burning embers!

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Mohammad Habib Sadiq July 24, at 1: Urdu Diary Club August 23, at What sort of life did he live when he was away? 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.

Shahid Khan February 18, at 3: The stories revolve around the Muslim families. Alisha Hemangi November 19, at 9: Start it does, just from a different direction than expected, and the narrator walks into this setup.

An itch, her niece discovers, no doctor can cure and only her masseuse can relieve. Want to Read saving….