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Has the text of Premchand's banned short-story collection Soz-e-Watan survived?

The book itself in Urdu seems to be fairly readily accessible. Penguin Random House publish Premchand: The Complete Short Stories in four volumes which includes the five stories from Soz e Watan as ...
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What is the meaning of the second line of this sher?

If I know my language correctly then the literal meaning is: Even after being influenced by your silence I am also impressing you. Most of the shayaris are romantic. So I'll assume that the ...
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Are romantic relationships where one character has fair skin and the other dark a motif of Ismat Chughtai's stories?

The motif of a dark lover and a fair beloved is not unique to Chughtai, but is a culturally specific pattern very common in Indian love stories. This pattern can be traced back to medieval poets such ...
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"Even though he was a Sikh, he had no liking for sports."

The Punjab plains, largely populated by Sikhs, were suitable for building hockey fields and cricket grounds. Most pictures of cricket teams around Premchand's time do show more than a couple of Sikhs: ...
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Has the text of Premchand's banned short-story collection Soz-e-Watan survived?

To add to the nice answer by Spagirl, not only has the text of Premchand's banned short story collection Soz-e Watan survived, these stories have now been collected and published (in the original Urdu)...
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Which Premchand stories are written in Hindi and which in Urdu?

Detailed publication information regarding Premchand's short stories—along with valuable comments on the differences between the Urdu and Hindi versions—is available in the "Notes" at the ...
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Who does this Urdu proverb originate from?

It is actually from Altaf Hussain Hali, here is the link to transliteration at rekhta. The original is: mard ho tum kisī ke kaam aao varna khaao piyo chale jaao You can search on the page for "...
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Who are all these writers referred to by Premchand?

This gets easier when you strip out the honorific titles, Maulana, Pandit, Mirza, Maulvi and Hazrat. Sharar, Sarshar, Ruswa and Hussain I think you have correctly identified. 'Mohamad Ali of Hardoi' ...
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What is the meaning of this sher?

By reading it, it's quite obvious that the literal meaning is: Attack of the doors and walls of the city from the four directions Gather all the forests inside the city Here, the Shayar Jaun ...
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Is there a published English translation of Muhammad Iqbal's "The Parliament of Satan"?

Yes. "Iblees Ki Majlis-e-Shura" has been artfully translated as "Satan's Parliament" by V. G. Kiernan in his 1955 book Poems from Iqbal. The translation is quite different from the ...
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What is the original of the Saadat Hasan Manto short story translated as "Rude"?

Manto does in fact have a story called bad_tamiiz, بدتمیز . This is the story translated as "Rude" in Bombay Stories, and it is indeed different from the story called bad_tamiizii, بدتمیزی , ...
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What is the meaning of this sher?

To explain what a sher means, we should first know about what a sher is. and what is there in the sher to understand. First let me tell you about in a SHER, what does Misra e Oola(first line) and ...
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