a famous and immensely popular literary heroine very early on in life. —Editor. Lihaaf [The Quilt]. Ismat Chughtai. Translated from Urdu by M. Asaduddin. Ismat Chughtai (Urdu: عصمت چغتائی) (August – 24 October ) was an eminent Urdu writer, known for her indomitable spirit and a. Lihaaf (دیکھو) by Ismat Chughtai is one of the most controversial pieces in Urdu literary community. It caused enormous ripples in the.

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Lihaaf – Wikipedia

This is the tale of a Nawab who has zero interest in women, and his wife, who feels neglected and frustrated, and is waiting for her great love story to start.

But it is soon revealed that it is because his interests lie in the other gender.

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URDU ADAB: Lihaf; a Famous Urdu Short Story by Ismat Chughtai

To ligaaf what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Having said that one can also argue that she was even ahead of most western women writers by writing about ‘sexuality’ especially if one considers her background and the extremely conservative and religious society, in general, of the times.


Her bodily pain is such that no one can cure her, except one of her female servants. Sometimes snubs and slights, do the opposite.

Ismat chughtai’s lihaaf

Having read some of her work, it seems like she was familiar chugjtai the western literature, but at the same time, she was deeply absorbed in Urdu literature from a young age. Zakia Ashraf November 20, at Want to Read saving….

A brave effort by Ismat Chugtai. Lists with This Book. Such bold story about a mistress’ relationship. Israr Ahmad 1 Dr. Jacquelyn August 15, at 1: Lihaaf is just one of the stories in this masterpiece where each story is a gem.

Rabbo is a servant girl who is not so pretty but very deft with her hands.

Why Rabbu and not another Nawab? Begum Jan has had a very depressing life after marriage.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Uzma Afzal rated it did not like it Dec 07, Paperbackpages. Unknown October 11, at 1: Smriti rated it really liked it Apr 22, Mohsin Maghiana 1 Dr. She would sleep in Begum’s room, on a separate bed, though.


Unknown October 20, at 4: Rifakath ali March 2, at The lonely Begum starts to wither but is saved by Rabbo, her masseuse.

Sayantani Sarkar rated it really liked it Dec 01, Views Read Edit View history. Start it does, just from a different direction than expected, and the narrator walks into this setup.

Ismat was a shining example. Mohammad Habib Sadiq July 24, at 1: History of Indian Literature: Refresh and try again. Lihaaf by Ismat Chugtai. Saleem Wahid Saleem 1 Dr.

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