Today is the birthday of the great feminist writerI first read her famous short story 'lihaf' (The Quilt) in Bengali translation. As a student of the college, I did not fully understand the importance of the short story about sexual attraction between two females. But I understood that this story was something different. Later I came to know that this story had been banned in Pakistan and in India for a quite long time. Much later I read many of her short stories in English translation. It is really unfortunate that I could not read her original stories in her inimitable style.
After partition, she went to Pakistan but could not stay there permanently. She returned to India. She also worked a script-writer in Bombay film industry. The great writer known for her feminism, free expression of female sexuality and depiction of class struggle, created controversy even after her death. She was cremated after her death in 1991 as per her wish and despite the protest of many of her community members.
Today is the birthday of Ismat Chughtai, the famous Urdu writer of the last part pre-independence and the initial part of the post-independence era. Google Doodle has honoured thisgreat feminist writer on her birthday.