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bookAyesha Jalal’s recently released book, The Pity of Parition, captures the Life, Times and Work of her grand-Uncle, prolific Urdu short story writer Saadat Hasan Manto.

Below is an excerpt on Manto, from the Prelude to the book –
An acute observer of the present, Saadat Hasan Manto had an uncanny ability to foresee the future. His ruminations as well as razor-sharp insights into religion and hypocrisy, the multiple meanings of martyrdom, the vexed uncle-nephew relationship between American and Pakistan, and, above all, the confused and overlapping identities of the rival siblings that replaced the British raj afford the historian a wealth of materials to weave together the past, present, and future of a subcontinent’s predicaments.

Asia SocietyAsia Society, India is presenting a Meet the Author discussion on “Manto and the Human Dimension of 1947” with Ayesha Jalal, Mary Richardson Professor at Tufts University, Chaired by Shyam Benegal, Director and Screenwriter, In conversation with Jerry Pinto, Poet and Journalist

Date: 18th July
Time: 6 to 8pm
Venue: Auditorium Annex, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS Museum), 159/161 MG Road, Fort, Mumbai – 400 023

As Outreach Partner, the Urduwallahs have access to a limited number of complimentary passes. Do drop us a line at urduwallahs@gmail.com if you would like to attend the event.

Please click on the image below for more details to the event:

Asia Society event