The story was charged with obscenity and she was summoned to Lahore to defend it. The story brought me so much notoriety that I got sick of life. Lihaaf, indisputably, remains one of her most in famous works and the controversy it sparked hung like a perceptible shadow over everything that Chughtai wrote since. He was defending his story, Bu that faced similar charges. The story, narrated by a woman, is mostly recounted by her from the time when she was a child and was left with Begum Jan by her mother. Lihaaf: Feminist or not?

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Biography[ edit ] Early life and career beginnings —41 [ edit ] Ismat Chughtai was born on 21 August in Badayun, Uttar Pradesh to Nusrat Khanam and Mirza Qaseem Baig Chughtai; she was ninth of ten children—six brothers, four sisters.

Chughtai described the influence of her brothers as an important factor which influenced her personality in her formative years. She thought of her second-eldest brother, Mirza Azim Beg Chughtai, a novelist, as a mentor. When I started to write, people were very shocked because I wrote very frankly [ Some of her early works included Bachpan Childhood , an autobiographical piece, Kafir Infidel , her first short-story, and Dheet Stubborn , her only soliloquy , among others.

Chughtai later discussed the similarity in themes and style of the novel with the works of the romantic novelist Hijab Imtiaz Ali, citing her as another early influence. Commentators have praised the novella, both for its "compelling prose" [10] and for providing "[glimpses] into a world where women try to break out of the shackles created by other women, rather than men".

She found success with such short-stories as Gainda and Khidmatgaar and the play Intikhab, all of which were published during the period. Khwaja Ahmad Abbas was the legal witness to the ceremony. Regardless, she detested the media coverage of the whole incident, which in her view weighted heavily upon her subsequent work; "[Lihaaf] brought me so much notoriety that I got sick of life. It became the proverbial stick to beat me with and whatever I wrote afterwards got crushed under its weight.

I felt the ground under my feet receding. She cruised through the crowd, leaped at me and took me in her arms [ She invited me to a fabulous dinner. I felt fully rewarded when I saw her flower-like boy. I felt he was mine as well. A part of my mind, a living product of my brain. An offspring of my pen. The woman told Chughtai that she had since divorced her husband, remarried and was raising a child with her second husband. She recalled the difficult circumstances facing her during her work on the novel, in a interview with Mahfil: Journal of South Asian Literature: "[It was] during the war that I wrote my novel Terhi Lakeer, a big, thick novel.

I was sick then, pregnant with my daughter. But I was always writing that novel". What should a writer write about anyway"? Starring Kamini Kaushal , Pran , and Dev Anand in his first major film role, Ziddi became one of the biggest commercial successes of It was based on the eponymous short story; Chughtai had rewritten the narrative in form of a screenplay for the production. Having again written the screenplay based on one of her short stories, Chughtai co-directed the film with Latif.

Starring Nutan and Talat Mahmood in lead roles, it told the story of a child actor , who was abused and exploited over the course of her career. Her fourth collection of short-stories Chui Mui Touch-me-not was released in to an enthusiastic response.

Chui Mui was adapted for stage by Naseeruddin Shah as a part of a commemorative series Ismat Apa Kay Naam, with his daughter Heeba Shah playing the central character in the production. Set in the Bombay of s, the novel delves into the themes of sexual exploitation and social and economic injustice. They bury you beneath a pile of mud. One would suffocate [ In her own words, Chughtai came from a family of " Hindus , Muslims and Christians who all live peacefully".

This was well demonstrated in her story "Sacred Duty", where she dealt with social pressures in India, alluding to specific national, religious and cultural traditions. Many of her books have been banned at various times. Ismat Chughtai, A Fearless Voice. Manjulaa Negi, Rupa and Co, The Hindu, Sunday, 21 May



Conclusion Introduction Lihaf is an Urdu short story that made Ismat Chughtai popular for its controversies. Because it was branded as a feminist work feminism — not attacking men but the social structures. The memory pops up when she takes the quilt to cover herself in the winter. That is he was not interested in women but in young men. This is the feeling of every girl who is newly married yet her desires were never fulfilled by her husband that she wanted to gratify her wishes by other means. Begum was gaining the glow that she lost. That night the little girl was made to sleep in the arms of Begum, who started rubbing the body of the little girl which made her feel jittery nervous.


Lihaaf Summary by Ismat Chughtai

At once, my mind begins to wander in the veiled world of the past. Countless memories awake. To my thinking, a blanket may be less comfortable than a quilt, but its shadow is not as terrifying as when the black outline of a quilt hovers about the wall. This is the story of a time when I was a small girl, when I used to spend the whole day exchanging blows with my brothers and their friends. Sometimes I used to wonder why I was so bellicose. At an age when my other sisters were busy gathering admirers, I was busy in pitched battles, shoes flying, with all the boys and girls both in and outside our family. This is why my mother, when she went to Agra for weeks at a time, would leave me with one of her dearest friends.


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Vudojin Aug 09, Divya rated it it was amazing. Sometimes more so than at other times. Large amount of Urdu words have been used in this book which makes it difficult to grasp and slows down the reading pace. Rasheed Amjad 1 Dr. Sayantani Sarkar rated it really liked it Dec 01, The author has cap Written from the perspective of a child visiting a relative, Lihaaf slyly takes bold steps in directions that are bound to create controversy. Oct 08, Hosna rated it liked it Shelves: Vineet rated it really liked it Dec 29, Rabbo is a servant girl who is not so pretty but very deft with her hands. Lihaaf by Ismat Chugtai.

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