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Known as Urdu literature’s most controversial and courageous writer, Ismat Chughtai was distinguished both by the themes she dealt with and the style she developed to treat them.

Ismat Chughtai played an important role in the development of the modern Urdu short story as we know it today. In 1942, when she wrote Lihaaf (The Quilt), a breakthrough in Urdu short story writing, a storm of controversy broke out. Ismat was charged with obscenity and submitted to a trial in Lahore.

In her biography Kaghazi hai Pairahan her writing is embellished with economy, naturalness, spontaneity, raciness, repartee, freshness of idiom and imagery and a witty turn of phrase, which are the hallmarks of Chughtai’s style.

At Mehfil we will read out some excerpts of her short stories and discover her outrageous and sparkling personality

Place: Prithvi