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Author: Ismat Chughtai
Translator(s): Tahira Naqvi / Syeda S Hameed
Publisher: Kali/Women Unlimited
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8186706771
She (Ismat Chughtai) was a feminist by instinct, long before it was fashionable to be one, a progressive who knew that literature changed more lives than pamphlets did, a Muslim who worshipped a shivmurti in Varanasi, palms outstretched, chanting Koranic verses aloud. She took real risks-in both life and literature.
This is an impressive collection remarkable for the high caliber of its translation-elegant, unobtrusive, unslick, faithful and enjoyable.
-Krishna Baldev Vaid
At a time when women were only writing about how to be a good wife, she set about exploring and exposing-middle class Muslim mores through sharp observation, a rapier-like wit and a vivid recall of a rambunctious childhood spent in a sprawling middle class Aligarh family.
The Quilt (Lihaaf)
Sacred Duty (Muqaddas Farz)
The Eternal Vine (Amar Bel)
Chhoti Apa (Chhoti Apa)
The Rock (Chatan)
The Wedding Shroud (Chauthi ka Jora)
The More (Til)
A Morsel (Niwala)
By the Grace of God (Allah ka Fazl)
A Pair of Hands (Do Haath)
Aunt Bichu (Bichu Phupi)
Lingering Fragrance (Badan ki Khushboo)
The Heart Breaks Free
The Wild One