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Questions about works of literature written in Urdu, an Indo-Aryan language spoken mainly in Pakistan and India.

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What is the meaning of "to go buy oil" in Manto's "Mummy"?

Toward the beginning of Saadat Hasan Manto's short story "मम्मी" (mammi / Mummy), the narrator and his wife find themselves abandoned to the tender mercies of a friend's slow-moving servant: ...
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What is the original of the Saadat Hasan Manto short story translated as "Rude"?

I have been reading Saadat Hasan Manto's Bombay Stories, a compilation translated from the Urdu by Matt Reeck and Aftab Ahmad (2012; New York: Vintage, 2014). Alongside the English translations, I've ...
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Are romantic relationships where one character has fair skin and the other dark a motif of Ismat Chughtai's stories?

I've been reading some short stories by Ismat Chughtai, where I've noticed a repeating motif of romantic relationships in which one person has light skin and the other has dark. The Veil: "At ...
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Who does this Urdu proverb originate from?

First let me try my best to transliterate the Urdu version of the quote in question: Insaan ho, to kisi ke kaam ao; warna khao, pio aur chale jao. A rough translation would be something like: If ...
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What happened to Mohini?

In Premchand's short story "The Desired Destination" (first published in 1911, available here in its original Urdu), the narrator is in love with a girl named Mohini and opens by saying that ...
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"Even though he was a Sikh, he had no liking for sports."

In the short story "Sorrow's Reward" by Premchand (originally published in Urdu as "Sila-e Maatam"), the protagonist abandons all thought of his promised wife Kumudini and mourns ...
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Which Premchand stories are written in Hindi and which in Urdu?

The Indian writer Premchand started off writing in Urdu, and started writing Hindi stories later in his career. According to Wikipedia: In 1914, Munshi Premchand started writing in Hindi (Hindi and ...
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Who are all these writers referred to by Premchand?

The first paragraph of Premchand's (true?) short story "My First Composition" (available on the Internet Archive) is: At the time my age was about thirteen years. I was quite ignorant of ...
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Has the text of Premchand's banned short-story collection Soz-e-Watan survived?

In 1907, Dhanpat Rai, who later adopted the pen name Premchand, published his first collection of short stories, entitled Soz-e-Watan. These stories were "full of patriotic fervour" (Mahmud, ...
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Is there a published English translation of Muhammad Iqbal's "The Parliament of Satan"?

Muhammad Iqbal was a 19th-to-20th-century Muslim poet, philosopher, and politican, one of the most important figures in Urdu poetry and also influential in Farsi poetry, who received a British ...
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Lack of Proper Ending in Stories by Old Indian Authors

I have read quite a few stories by old Indian authors who wrote in Hindi and Urdu in the early twentieth century. I noticed a trend of them not completing their stories or providing an ending and ...
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What is the meaning of this sher?

hamla hai chaar sū dar-o-dīvār-e-shahr kā sab jañgaloñ ko shahr ke andar sameT lo حملہ ہے چار سُو در و دیوارِ شہر کا سب جنگلوں کو شہر کے اندر سمیٹ لو Source I get the meaning of each ...
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What is the meaning of the second line of this sher?

asar bhī le rahā huuñ terī chup kā tujhe qaa.il bhī kartā jā rahā huuñ I'm researching on Urdu shayars and it's a part of my assignment to collect 500 urdu shers with their meaning. The original ...
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