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Zia MohyeddinUrdu literature, poetry and culture is often perceived to be intimidating and heavy-duty due to its high philosophical element, with each couplet depicting some deep meaning or life truth. While that is true, it is a one-dimensional perspective of the zabaan. Urdu literature has a large bank of satire, humour and wit that isn’t as popular in the mainstream. Here is one witting short 2 minute story – Pagal Khane ka Doctor (the doctor for the mentally challenged), that depicts the lighter side of Urdu literature, narrated in the perfect humor-laden tonality and voice of Pakistani actor, producer and director, Zia Mohyeddin, who has appeared in Pakistani and British cinema. Have a laugh!

A Roman Urdu transcript is below:
Pagal khane ka doctor naye dakhil hone wale marizon ka muaina kar raha tha. Ek pagal usse sanjidah aur hoshmand nazar aaya. Doctor ne usse poocha “tumhe yahan kyun laya gaya hai. Tum to ache khase ho”?

Pagal ne jawab diya…”Janab mein sehhat mand hoon, theek hoon, darasal hua yun ke maine ek aurat se shaadi Karli, jiski 18 saal ki ek jawan beti thi, woh bhi apni maa ke saath mere ghar mein rehne lagi. Ittefaq se woh ladki mere baap ko pasand aa gayee.. aur usne usse nikah kar liya. Us din se meri biwi, mere baap ki saas ban gayii.
Kuch arsey baad meri biwi ki ladki jo mere baap ki biwi thi, us ke wahan aulad hui. Yeh bachcha rishtey ke lihaaz se mera bhai hua, kyonki woh mere baap ka ladka tha. Magar idhar meri biwi ka nawasa bhi hua, goya mein apne bhai ka nana ban gaya.
Kuch din baad meri biwi ke yahan bhi bachcha hua, us din se mere baap ki biwi, souteley bhai ki behen ho gayi, magar woh uski dadi bhi ho aayi, kyonki woh uske shohar yaani mere baap ka potha tha. Iss tarha mera bachcha, apni dadi ka bhai ban gaya. Ab zara sochiye Doctor saheb, meri souteli maa, yaani meri biwi ki ladki, mere bete ki behen bhi ho gayi, to is tarha mera beta mera maamu ban gaya aur mein iska baanjha, jab ki mein khud iska nana bhi hoon aur mere baap ka ladka jo meri biwi ki ladki ka beta hai woh mera bhai bhi hai aur mera nawasa bhi…….

Itna sun ne ke baad Doctor ne dono haathon se apne sar pakda aur cheekh utha “bas kar khuda ke liye, bas kar warna mein pagal ho jaoonga”