Ismat Chughtai, a ‘woman’ above all


Book title: A Life in Words: Memoir by Ismat Chughtai
Translated by: M Asauddin
Publisher: Penguin Books
Pages: 281

To readers, Ismat Chughtai was an eminent Urdu writer. Her bold protagonists stood out from the ordinary, her outspoken approach jolted regressive minds and her rebellious themes raised many eyebrows. Her strong feminist ideology, blunt and deliberate, made her one of the most controversial and successful writers of her time. ‘A Life in Words: Memoir’ (Kaghazi Hai Pairahan) is Ismat Chughtai speaking to us in defence of ‘Lihaaf’, her controversial short story, and to an extent, justifying her disposition of being a rebel in a then orthodox society.

Originally published in The Times of India

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