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International Women’s Day 2020: Famous Pakistani Novelist – Bano Qudsia

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

03rd Mar, 2020. 04:42 pm
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International Women's Day

Why is International Women’s Day celebrated?

International Women’s Day celebrated on March 8 every year.

A day dedicated to honour the achievements of women throughout history and all across the globe.

It is typically a day for women from all different backgrounds and cultures to band together to fight for gender parity and women’s rights.

Remembering Renowned Pakistani Novelist – Bano Qudsia


Bano Qudsia was a writer, intellectual, playwright and spiritualist from Pakistan who is regarded among the best Urdu novelist and short story writers of modern times.

She is best known for her novel Raja Gidh. Qudsia wrote for television and stage in both Urdu and Punjabi languages.

Bano Jee married famous novelist Ashfaq Ahmed.

However, Bano Qudsia is recognized as a trendsetter in the realm of television plays.

Qudsia moved with her family to Lahore during the Partition of India. She wrote for college magazines and other journals.

She graduated from Kinnaird College in Lahore.

In 1951, she completed her M.A. degree in Urdu from the Government College Lahore.

Moreover, she wrote numerous short stories, novelettes, television and radio plays, and stage plays.

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Career in Urdu Literature:

Words alone cannot depict the magnanimous personality of this towering figure of the Urdu Literature.

Born on Nov 28, 1928, Bano Qudsia proved that she had all the writing skills to join the august club of the literary giants of Pakistan.

Words always came from her heart and made eternal marks.

Furthermore, she authored several short stories, novels and dramas which remained the living minds.

Some of her classic works include: Raja Gidh, Aatish-i-Zer-i-Paa, Aik Din, Amer Bail, Asay Pasay, Chahar Chaman, Chotaa Sheher Baray Log, Footpath ki Ghaas, Haasil Ghaat and Hawa Kay Naam.

Her classical writings, including Raja Gidh – 1981 (The King Vulture), the first full-length novel coated fully with prudence that started her journey towards novel writing.

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Literary Work:

Bano Qudsia’s critically acclaimed play Aadhi Baat was about a retired headmaster. The play examined the headmaster’s day-to-day life problems and had Qavi Khan acting as the lead character.

The play’s director was Agha Nasir and it was produced by Tauqeer Nasir.

Aadhi Baat performed in May 2010 in Islamabad at a three-day event which organized by the Pakistan National Council of the Arts.

Bano Qusia also wrote a book about Qudrat Ullah Shahab (prominent Urdu literature writer) titled “Mard-e-Abresham” “مردِابریشم”.

The book mainly portrays Shahab’s life and how it connected with Ashfaq Ahmed and his family both on social and spiritual level.

Bano Qudsia – List of Book:

  1. Atish Zeir Pa
  2. Adhi Baat
  3. Aik Din
  4. Amr Bail
  5. Assey Passey
  6. Bazgasht
  7. Chahar Chaman
  8. Dast Basta
  9. Dosra Darwaza
  10. Dusra Qadam
  11. Foot Path Ki Ghaas
  12. Haasil Ghaat, Read online
  13. Hawwa Key Naam
  14. Kuch Aur Nahi
  15. Marde Abresham
  16. Maum Ki Gallian
  17. Naqabal e Zikr
  18. Piya Naam Ka Diya
  19. Purwa
  20. Purwa and Aik Din
  21. Raja Gidh, Read online
  22. Saman-e-Wajood
  23. Shehr-e-bemisaal
  24. Sudhraan
  25. Suraj Mukhi
  26. Tamaseel
  27. Tawjha Ki Talib
  28. Dastan Sarei, forthcoming

Awards & Achievements:

She won Life Time Achievement Awards, Kamal-e-Fun Award, Best Playwright Award, Taj Award, Sitara-i-Imtiaz and Hilal-i-Imtiaz.
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On February 4, 2017 – heaven possessed her soul.
Her services towards literature would be eternally adored and her name with her intellectual legacy inscribed among the innumerable stars in the firmament of Urdu Literature.
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