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URDU BOOKS YOU NEED TO READ EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT A READER

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Written by Zahid Malik
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With the advent of English books, Urdu Literature slowly faded away and lost its charm in the generic public. Wondering what went wrong, we can never come up with a conclusion. Sometime it feels as if its all the result of colonial hybridization and our insecurity of knowing English less and Urdu more. The deviation from Urdu to English literature was gradual and had drastic effects on the national language books. In this blog you will get to know about the Urdu books you need to read even if you are not an avid reader.

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We can easily find ebooks and translations for English books but for Urdu, we have to dig in a lot for Urdu books both online and also in stores. What we need to do is to revive the habit of reading Urdu books with the same enthusiasm as once our parents did in childhood.

No doubt books like “Peer-e-Kamil” and “Jannat key Pattay” has crossed barriers and came up with a lot of fame. But the recognition of a few Urdu writers is not the acknowledgment for Urdu literature as a genre itself.

Here are the Urdu books you need to read even if you are not a regular reader.

1. SAMAY KA BANDHAN BY MUMTAZ MUFTI:

A non-conformist, Mumtaz Mufti was greatly inspired by the Austrian psychologist Sigmund Freud. Samay ka Bandhan is his seventh anthology and explores human experiences. The book consists of nineteen short stories that caters different aspects of life such as love, loss, capitalism, etc. It contains elements of mysticism, magical realism and surrealism. Mumtaz Mufti wrote each story in such a way that each and every one of them is still relatable in the current scenarios.

2. HAMAQTAIN BY SHAFIQ UR REHMAN:

Pakistan’s illustrious writer, Shafiq-ur-Rehman was a humorist. Hamaqtain is one of his best humorous works and best comic works in Urdu Literature in general. Rehman touches sensitive topics like corruption, romance, parental relationships in the lightest ways possible and presents in such a way that it leaves a deep impact on the reader.

3. RAJA GIDH BY BANO QUDSIA:

Bano Qudsia writes in a very calculated manner and that is the beauty of her books. Raja Gidh has a major symbol –  A vulture that represents the trespassing of religious, social and cultural boundaries. Qudsia talks about many social, emotional and psychological aspects. What makes her novel grand is the raw criticism on society. The purity of the novel makes it one of the best Urdu books of all times.

4. PATRAS KEY MAZAMEEN BY PATRAS BUKHARI:

Bukhari was a Pakistani humorist, broadcaster and diplomat. Patras key mazameen is a perfect blend of mundane human life with a hint of humor. The subtle comic element in all of his essays has always been the reason why such normal incidents seem so interesting while reading them in his writing.  

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Some honorable Urdu books I would like to mention further are:

You can find all the books at Barq.pk. (www.barq.pk)

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