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Saadat Hasan Manto being remembered today

Islamabad: A great Urdu-language short story writer of South Asia, Saadat Hasan Manto, is being remembered on Saturday on his 59th death anniversary.

Manto was born on May 11, 1912, during his early days he met a journalist, Abdul Bari Alig, who soon changed the young man's imaginary dabbling with genuine interest in politics and enthusiasm.

Manto completed the translationt within two weeks and sold it to the Urdu Book Stall, Lahore, which published it under the title Sarguzasht-e-Aseer.

Having now become a published author, Manto aided by Hasan Abbas soon attempted a translation of Oscar Wilde's Vera, which was published in 1934. Manto also continued to try his hand at original short stories in Urdu, at least one of which "Inqlab Pasand", dated March 1935 which was published in the Aligarh Magazine.

Later this, story 'Tamasha" and several others were put together into Manto's first collection of original short stories in Urdu, 'Atish Pare", published in 1936. Later he came to Lahore and joined newspaper Paras.

In late 1936, he accepted an invitation to edit the weekly Musawwir and justify Lahore for Bombay.

In 1941, he came to Delhi and accepted the job of writing for Urdu Service of All India Radio. Soon four of his collection of radio plays, Ao, Mantoke Drame, Janaze and Tin Aurraten were published.

The controversial short story collection Dhuan came out. His first collection of topical essays, Manto ke Mazamin, also appeared during this time.

Some of his other publications are, Atishpare – 1936, Manto Ke Afsane – 1940, Dhuan – 1941, Afsane Aur Dramme- 1943, Laazat-e-sang- 1 948, Chughd- 1948, Siyahhasiye- 1948, Badshahat ka Khatimah- 1950, Khali Botlein- 1950, Nimrud kikhudai- 1950, Thanda gosht- 1950, Yazid- 1 951, Parde ke Pichhe- 1953, etc.

He died on January 18, 1955 at the age of 44 years.



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