Qurrat-ul-Ain Haider who was also called Ainee Apa was a prolific woman. One of the most outstanding literary names in Urdu Literature, she is most known for her magnum opus, Aag Ka Darya (River of Fire), which is a landmark novel that explores the vast sweep of time and history. It tells a story that moves from the fourth century BC to the post-Independence period in India and Pakistan, pausing at the many crucial epochs of history. The publication, “The Times Literary Supplement” wrote that River of Fire is to Urdu fiction what Garcia’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude” is to Hispanic literature.
Not only was she an influential Indian Urdu novelist and short story writer but also an academic, and a journalist. She was the managing editor of the magazine Imprint, Bombay (1964–68), and a member of the editorial staff of the Illustrated Weekly of India (1968–75).
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