Author: Gopi Chand Narang
Publisher: National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language
ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
The selections have been carefully chosen to present a wide range of subjects and styles. Folklore, excerpts from novels, short stories, literary and humorous essays anecdotes, letters, historical and biographical writings, as well as parliamentary debates and speeches have been included.
An intermediate text comprising selection from literary Urdu prose and excerpts from speeches, arranged in order of increasing lexical and stylistic difficulty, this teaching aid provides for students having an elementary knowledge of Urdu a smooth transition to more advanced texts and gives them an appreciation of those features of the cultural tradition that have most enriched the Urdu language.
The selections have been carefully chosen to present a wide range of subjects and styles. Folklore, excerpts from novels, short stories, literary and humorous essays anecdotes, letters, and historical and biographical writings, as well as parliamentary debates and speeches have been included. An additional list of contents, arranged chronologically, and a brief introduction preceding each selection enable the student to place the works in the proper historical and literary perspective. A serial glossary of words and explanatory notes appear on pages facing the Urdu text.
This was the first Urdu reader published in the United States in ‘Nastaliq’ calligraphy, the form in which Urdu is most commonly printed. The calligraphy was done at Delhi by one of the best exponents of this art.
The reader was first published by the University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, Wisconsin and London in 1968, and was available later on microfiche. During these years it has been widely used globally in places as far apart as U S A, Japan, Norway and Turkey. In Indian it is being published for the first time by the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language as a self-study material for students with an elementary knowledge of Urdu.
Prof. Gopi Chand Narang, a leading scholar of Urdu language and literature, presently is the Vice-President of Sahitya Akademi, the National Academy of Letters, and the Vice-Chairman of the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language.
Conventions Used in the Glossary
Some Old Tales
The Arabian Nights
Umrao Jan Ada
Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan
Maulana Azad in Lok Sabha
Nam Dev Gardener
A Road a Quarter Mile Long
Jawahar Lal Nehru