Lifting the Veil: Selected Writings of Ismat Chughtai

At a time when writing by and about women was rare and tentative, Chughtai explored female sexuality with unparalleled frankness and examined the political and social s of her time She wrote about the world that she knew, bringing the idiom of the middle class to Urdu prose, and totally transformed the complexion of Urdu fiction Lifting the Veil brings together IsmatAt a time when writing by and about women was rare and tentative, Chughtai explored female sexuality with unparalleled frankness and examined the political and social s of her time She wrote about the world that she knew, bringing the idiom of the middle class to Urdu prose, and totally transformed the complexion of Urdu fiction Lifting the Veil brings together Ismat Chughtai s fiction and non fiction writing The twenty one pieces in this selection are Chughtai at her best, marked by her brilliant turn of phrase, scintillating dialogue and wry humor, her characteristic irreverence, wit and eye for detail.
Lifting the Veil Selected Writings of Ismat Chughtai At a time when writing by and about women was rare and tentative Chughtai explored female sexuality with unparalleled frankness and examined the political and social s of her time She wrote about the

  • Title: Lifting the Veil: Selected Writings of Ismat Chughtai
  • Author: Ismat Chughtai M. Asaduddin
  • ISBN: 9780143027867
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Hardcover
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    Ismat Chughtai M. Asaduddin

    Ismat Chughtai Urdu August 1915 24 October 1991 was an eminent Urdu writer, known for her indomitable spirit and a fierce feminist ideology She was considered the grand dame of Urdu fiction, Along with Rashid Jahan, Wajeda Tabassum and Qurratulain Hyder, Ismat s work stands for the birth of a revolutionary feminist politics and aesthetics in twentieth century Urdu literature She explored feminine sexuality, middle class gentility, and other evolving conflicts in the modern Muslim world Her outspoken and controversial style of writing made her the passionate voice for the unheard, and she has become an inspiration for the younger generation of writers, readers and intellectuals.

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    • Sayantani Saha said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      I received this book from my Secret Santa and I am so so grateful. The stories get better towards the end. The story on Manto and Chughtai's brother are priceless. And The Quilt! I cannot even imagine how she wrote a story like that at the time that she did. Perhaps that is why Chughtai was called a rebel! Must must read.

    • Uttara Srinivasan said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      It is unsavory bordering on blasphemous to rate a selection of writings as essential as this. So I start by limiting myself to the construct of the world around me - something Ismat Chughtai never seems to have done. Here is a woman who wrote what she saw. She didn't feel the need to sugarcoat or romanticize to uphold a dream. She didn't shy away from seeing through the eyes of s/he who cast the first stone even having committed sins of her/his own. She didn't fear being judged by those who didn [...]

    • Dharshan Das said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      A lot of controversy has surrounded Ismat Chughtai for her short story "The Quilt"-whose story touches upon female sexuality,homosexuality and the suffocation of women under the strictures of matrimony. But,sadly,"The Quilt" is just one of her stories,and of that,just an average one,among other gems of stories. Honestly,apart from the controversy that surrounds the story regarding Chughtai was taken to court on charge of obscenity(which is mentioned in her other article,"In the Name of those Mar [...]

    • Amaan Ahmad said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      Took me back to the old Urdu era while reading this. Manto and Chughtai had created such a stir in the narrow world of shut-minds that it still reverberates. Chughtai's style is mesmerizing and she has not failed to surprise me. One of her stories titled "The Quilt (Lihaaf) had left a deep impact on me in 2007 when I first read it from someone's college literature book. I had forgotten the writer's name and also the title, but the story was fresh even after a decade and now I know the title and [...]

    • Vipan said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      If only the translations were better.

    • Swapnil said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      Bold & uninhibited writing, it's almost impossible to believe that these stories were written by an indian woman in 1940s and that too in Urdu. No doubt she had to face charges of obscenity (she was cleared by court). It feels good to know there have always been such great voices to fight for equality even in the most patriarchal society and times.Special mention for 3 non-fiction pieces at the end about her brother, manto and herself respectively. Off to read Manto now.

    • Tejas said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      Chughtai’s The Quilt is her most famous work (the fact she abhorred for the rest of her life), but her autobiographical pieces are much better and hard-hitting. By the last piece, “In the name of those married women”, she is administering heavy shots of feminism that are at times radical even by current measures. MUST READ!

    • Book'd said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      This book shows the brave face of Ismat Chugtai.This was my first book by her, I have been hearing that she is one of the most courageous writers of urdu language and this book proves that.Highly admirable and thought provoking short stories, raw and honest.

    • Sadhna said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      Brilliant writer. Such witty prose! And to have written about such sensitive matters almost a century back, while living in the conservative community that she did is an achievement in itself. Must read.

    • Manish said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      Wonder if it's the unconscious comparison with Manto that prevented me from really appreciating the stories of Chughtai. Being contemporaries, one just can't help notice the similarities of the themes explored in both their works - Partition, life in the mohallas, erotica, social misfits; all find space in this collection. But some how, I found the experience average.

    • Sarita Rajiv said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      This left me with some curious unanswered questions. Ismat Appa could perceive the said and the unsaid.

    • Nitisha said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      It is 1942 and a woman publishes a story (Lihaaf) that touches upon lesbianism.Every story is touching and brimming with a writer's bravery.

    • Papri Malakar said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      i liked reading ita set of short stories. an insight 2 human psyche

    • Akula Sharma said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      the best i've ever had.

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