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New Urdu Writings - From India and Pakistan
New Urdu Writings - From India and Pakistan

New Urdu Writings - From India and Pakistan

by Joginder Paul

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9789383260379 - Year: 2013 - Pages: 317



Joginder Paul

Author: Joginder Paul
Jeelani Bano/Several Contributors
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Rakhshanda Jalil
Publisher: Tranquebar
Year: 2013
Language: English
Pages: 317
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789383260379


This could easily be for audiences who read in both languages: Hindi & English. Further with Sufism coming up on the charts in music and films, this anthology could well become a favorite with those who are passionate about the sensibilities in the subcontinent: India, Pakistan and even Bangladesh. The sense of a great literary tradition and emotions which are similar.

As the editor of this collection, Rakhshanda Jalil makes it amply clear in the Introduction – “It will make very little difference if you read this book from back to front or the other, more conventional way, around” – and puts the 30 stories from India and Pakistan in the context of a shared language involving similar emotions.

If in the “Mourner of the Feet” , an itinerant shoe witnesses an adulterous wife with merciless hips conducting her marital life, in “Revulsion” a young boy chances upon the sexual escapades of an ageing maid with young servant boys, almost mirroring the desperation of the household ; in Joginder Paul s story, the futility of war between countries throws up a tragic-comic situation involving the picture of a girl child, even as a father awaiting his son s arrival on an airplane fervently prays for his co-travelers in Mansha Yad s story; Laila in Jeelani Bano s Empty Bottles is urban affluent and decidedly rejects her poetic lover for the comforts in her parents’ home and Sonu in Tarannum Riyaz’s “City” struggles to care for his infant sister and a dead mother in their fortified and spacious flat; Farzana blames her burqa for her transgression involving the murder of her children while Noor Bano is forcibly married to the Holy Quran and defiantly pronounces the Book as the father of her unborn child.

The New Urdu Writings: From India & Pakistan showcases the wonderful literary journey in a language which transcends geographical boundaries to unravel the quintessential slivers of human emotions.

About the Editor:

Rakhshanda Jalil went to Delhi Public School and graduated in English Literature from Miranda House, Delhi University. She also has a doctorate in The Progressive Writers Movement as Reflected in Urdu Literature from the Academy of Third World Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. A well known critic and literary historian, Rakhshanda Jalil has edited two collections of short stories; written a collection of essays on the little known monuments of Delhi; a literary biography of a feminist writer; published more than eight works of translations, among several other publications. Rakhshanda Jalil runs an organization called Hindustani Awaaz, devoted to the popularization of Hindi-Urdu literature and culture. At present, she is engaged in a study of Indian secularism.




Short Stories
Empty Bottles
The Gun
Mourner of the Feet
The Slaughterhouse Sheep
The Biggest Sin
The Curfew is Strict
The Hyena Falls Silent
A Night’s Paradise
The Last Show
My Story
On Board the M V Gandhi...
Somewhere something is Lost

Lest My Breath Disturb Thy Peace
The End of Time
Vanilla Crumble
A State of Emergency
Three Very Short Stories
Mughal Serai
Kumkum is Fine
Did the Pink Pigeons Win?
By the Time You Know
The Eyes of Jacob
The Man-eater
Jabala's Son

Notes on Contributors
Notes on Translators

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