Monday, December 21, 2015

Quratulain Haider:Undisputed Queen of Urdu Literature

The Nation (Pakistan) has an interesting article on Quratulain Haider, arguably the most powerful writer of Urdu Literature.

Although never very vocal about it, Ainee was a feminist through and through. She lived a very independent life on her own terms. Ainee was a working woman all her life.
Her jobs varied from being a royal guest of Queen Farah Diba of Iran for writing a commissioned biography to visiting remotest areas of Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) for documentary filmmaking. She left Pakistan and resettled in India on her own, leaving her only brother and his family behind. She also remained unmarried all her life. In her fiction, one finds a very realistic portrayal of strong female characters.

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