Major Urdu fiction writer Ismat Chughtai (–) came to public attention in when she was charged with obscenity for her short story “Lihaf” (The Quilt) . Ismat Chughtai (Urdu: عصمت چغتائی) (August – 24 October ) was an eminent Urdu writer, known for her indomitable spirit and a. Ismat Chughtai (21 August – 24 October ) was an Indian Urdu language writer. . Chughtai’s short stories reflected the cultural legacy of the region in which she lived. This was well demonstrated in her story “Sacred Duty”, where she.

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Chughtai continued writing short-stories during the time despite her commitment to film projects.

Celebrating Ismat Chughtai, the Urdu writer who dared to talk about feminine sexuality

It’s my belief that experiences can never be obscene if they are based on authentic realities of life. Retrieved 7 May Now if some people find them obscene, let them chughai to hell. Chugtai even had to go to Lahore Court to defend herself for this work.

Retrieved 27 September Volume 2 By Vidyun Sabhaney. Gender, Nation and the Transition to Independence. The inner worlds of educated women”.

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A film based on the short story will release later this year. In an interview, Ismat Chughtai said, “In my stories, I’ve put down everything with objectivity. Isar Ahmad Safi 1 Dr. Another of her famous stories, ‘Gainda’ Marigoldtold the tale of a domestic worker who falls in love outside the caste system. Ismat Chughtai, the epitome of women empowerment, the Grand Doyenne of Urdu fiction!

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After completing her Bachelor’s of Education degree, Chughtai successfully applied for the post of headmistress of an Aligarh-based Girls school. Chughtai made her debut as a screenwriter for Latif’s commercially successful drama film Ziddi.

Retrieved 25 April However, I have tried to compile a brief list of some of her very powerful short stories and the diverse themes they examine. Chughtai rebukes marriage as farcical, devoid of emotions such as love, founded only on the need to repress and regulate female sexuality and to glorify monogamy.

Padma Shri Ghalib Award National Film Award for Best Story. Archived from the original on 16 October Archived from the original on 25 April Her women characters cut across barriers of class and caste — Begums and wives of decadent Nawabssex-workers of the common market, coy wives and young maidservants inside a middle class household.

Zakia Ashraf November 20, at Lajo is fierce, vocal in her demand for sex and despises wearing constricting pants in place of a free flowing lehenga.

Pak Jazba July 13, at 9: Considered as the grand dame of Urdu fiction, Chughtai was one of the Muslim writers who stayed in India after the subcontinent was partitioned. Balai Chand Mukhopadhyay MotilalB. Jacquelyn August 15, at 1: Part of the reason is her language which so unapologetic and riveting that it continues to unsettle readers until this day.

Mohammad Habib Sadiq July 24, at 1: Log into your account. Anwar Zahidi 1 Dr. These people ismta that there is nothing wrong if they can do things behind the curtains. Book reading is very good hobby,if you read the right book at right time. Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app.


To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education. August 21, Dark and disturbing in its portrayal of the vilified, predatory Begum Jaan, the story is nonetheless important for having drawn our attention to the question of same-sex desire among women and the oppressive nature of heterosexual marriage.

Many of her writings, including Angarey and Lihaafwere banned in South Asia because their reformist and feminist content offended conservatives for example, her view that the Niqabthe veil worn by women in Muslim societies, should be discouraged for Muslim women because it is oppressive and feudal [31].

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Unknown September 10, at 3: READ Rebel in a man’s world. Naseer Ahmad NAsir 2 Dr. The relationship between Begum Jaan and her dark-skinned masseuse Rabbu is profane and ib as it overturns heteronormative coupling, shows the woman indulging in sensual pleasures and transgresses the boundaries of gender and class.