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“From the jilted squalour and refuse of life, he picks out pearls. He enjoys digging in the refuse because he doesn’t trust the luminaries of the world; he doesn’t trust their brilliance or their judgement. He catches the thieves that lie in the hearts of their pure and r…espectable wives. And he compares them to the purity in the heart of a whore in a brothel.” Says Ismat Apa about Manto

Sadaat Hasan Manto – the prolific Urdu short story writer – has a canvas splashed with colourful and controversial stories ranging from the partition to his involvement in the Indian film industry and his love for Bombay. Come join us as we celebrate 100 years of Saadat Hasan Manto and explore his world of storytelling through his writings, at this month’s Mehfil@Prithvi.

Date: May 8th (second Tuesday every month)
Time: 7pm
Venue: Prithvi theatre, Juhu

Mehfil@ Prithvi is a gathering of those who have loved, are starting to love, or want to fall in love with Urdu and we hope it turns into a space where people can appreciate the Urdu language and its literature; where Urdu becomes more accessible to people of all ages. We gather once a month at the Prithvi Adda to discuss all things Urdu. Through ‘open house’ discussions, readings, music and film, we hope that a new generation will rediscover a part of our heritage. The club is led by a team of Urdu lovers, which includes laureates like Javed Siddiqui and Salim Arif and passionate Urdu novices like Urduwali Arwa Mamaji and Urduwali Priya Nijhara who run this blog.