Known for his provocative narratives; Manto being remembered

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

11th May, 2020. 10:17 am
Literary Giant Manto

What would Manto have written if he was alive today? Of course the literary giant would be writing the short and long stories focusing on the horrifying human situation of the day.

This Day May 11, marks the 108th birth anniversary of the literary giant Saadat Hasan Manto  who was an eminent writer, and author. Saadat Hasan Manto remembered for his lifetime services to Urdu literature. Born on May 11,1912 in Samrala in the British Indian state of Punjab, Saadat Hasan Manto is known for his candid and often provocative narratives, Manto has been widely credited as one of South Asia’s most talented modernist fiction writers.

His most famous short stories were “Khool Do, Kaali Shalwar and Toba Tek Singh among many others.

By the 1940s, Manto’s Urdu literature was a great skill to manage. Through his unfiltered exploration of marginalized characters and social taboos, Manto charted controversial territory that few writers dared to explore. Saadat Hasan Manto published 22 collections of short stories throughout his prolific career, but he wasn’t limited to the medium; he also wrote a novel, three collections of essays, over 100 radio plays, and more than 15 film scripts.

Saadat Hasan Manto Famous Quotes

“If you cannot bear my stories then the society is unbearable. Who am I to remove the clothes of this society, which itself is naked. I don’t even try to cover it, because it is not my job, that’s the job of dressmakers.”
“it is also possible, that Saadat Hasan dies, but Manto remains alive.”

“You would have realized that it wasn’t Mumtaz, a muslim, a friend of yours, but a human being you had killed. I mean, if he was a bastard, by killing him you wouldn’t have killed the bastard in him; similarly, assuming that he was a Muslim, you wouldn’t have killed his Muslimness, but him.”

War has brought inflation even to the graveyard.”

The following Manto’s own words that he wanted to mark his grave with:

“In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful, Here lies Saadat Hasan Manto and with him lie buried all the secrets and mysteries of the art of short-story writing…. Under tons of earth he lies, still wondering who among the two is greater short-story writer: God or He.”

Excessive consumption of alcohol led Manto to cirrhosis of the liver and he died on 18 January 1955 at the age of 44, in an apartment located off Hall Road in Lahore.

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