Ramiz Raja honours spiritualist Bano Qudsia with an anecdote

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

28th Nov, 2020. 06:26 pm
Ramiz Raja Bano Qudsia

Veteran writer and novelist Bano Qudsia is being remembered on her 92nd birthday here on Saturday.

Paying tribute to the legendary Bano Qudsia, former Pakistan skipper Ramiz Raja, shared an amusing story that most people are not aware of.

The former captain, in a tweet, said: “Today’s Google Doodle honours Bano Qudsia, writer [and] a spiritualist.”

“[I] remember as a kid while playing tennis ball cricket at her home I broke her verandas tube light,” commentator Raja said.

However, as Raja readied himself for a scolding, he got nothing but affection from Qudsia as she, with a warm expression, just wanted to know whether he was fine or not.

Google honours the legendary Bano Qudsia

Google, on Saturday, has honoured the acclaimed novelist on her 92nd birthday with a special doodle.

“Today’s Doodle honours the life and legacy of Pakistani novelist and stage and television playwright Bano Qudsia, affectionately known as Bano Aapa (Elder Sister), who is widely credited as one of the most significant Urdu language authors in modern times,” said the search engine.

She is best known for her novel Raja Gidh. Qudsia wrote for television and stage in both Urdu and Punjabi languages. She is recognized as a trendsetter in the realm of television plays, novels, and stage plays.

Bano Qudsia was born on 28 November 1928 in Firozpur, British India. She began writing stories at an early age and then moved to Lahore after the partition. In 1951, she completed her M.A. degree in Urdu from the Government College Lahore.

She wrote for college magazines and other journals. She graduated from Kinnaird College in Lahore.

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.

Aadhi Baat performed in May 2010 in Islamabad at a three-day event 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”.

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

Bano had married a famous writer Ashfaq Ahmed. The couple was known for their grace and lovely bonding.

She had breathed her last on February 4, 2017, in Lahore.

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