|Born||17 January 1930|
Lucknow, British India
|Died||15 September 2012 (aged 82)|
|Known for||Feminist writer|
Progressive Writers' Movement
|Awards||Pride of Performance Award in 1995 by the President of Pakistan|
Hajra Masroor was born on 17 January 1930 in Lucknow, India to Dr. Syed Tahoor Ali Khan who was a British Army medical doctor. and had suddenly died after a heart attack. She had five sisters including another well-known writer Khadija Mastoor and a younger brother, Khalid Ahmad who also became a poet, playwright and a newspaper columnist. Her family was mainly raised by her mother. She began writing from her early childhood.
After independence of Pakistan in 1947, she and her sisters migrated to Pakistan, and settled in Lahore. An Urdu writer in his book wrote that no one knew Hajra was engaged with famous Urdu poet Sahir Ludhianvi but once in a literary gathering Ludhianvi pronounced a word wrongly, Hajra criticised him, he got angry and engagement was broken. Later, she married Ahmad Ali Khan, who was the editor of daily Dawn for 28 years. They were married for 57 years before he died in 2007. They have two daughters. She was younger sister of Khadija Mastoor, a noted writer in the history of Urdu literature.
Hajra Masroor began writing short stories from an early age. Her short stories published in the literary magazines had received high appreciation from Urdu literary circles. She edited literary magazine Naqoosh with Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi. Qasmi was also a friend of hers and her sister. She was attacked by the male-domineering groups, when she became controversial in the prevalent Muslim society due to her writings. She made her place in the history of Urdu literature and Urdu fiction with bold imagination and writing of short stories in a non-traditional way. She wrote simple yet effective prose, had a down-to-earth style of writing.
She wrote several books of short stories in which she raised the social, political, legal, and economic rights for women equal to those of men. Hajra Masroor was one of the torchbearer of the Progressive Writers' Movement as well as one of the pioneers of feminism in the subcontinent.
Awards and recognition
- Pride of Performance Award in 1995 by the President of Pakistan
- Aalmi Frogh-e-Urdu Adab Award.
Death and legacy
- Chand Ke Doosri Taraf چاند کی دوسری طرف
- Tisri Manzil تیسری منزل
- Andhere Ujale اند ھیرے اُجالے
- Choori Chupe چوری چُھپے
- Ha-ai Allah ہائے اللہ
- Charkhay چرکے
- Woe Log وہ لوگ
- Charagh Ki Lau Per
- Sargoshian سرگوشیان
- Teesri Manzil تیسری منزل
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- "A Tribute: Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi". Pakistaniat.com. 16 August 2006. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
- Remembering those who left us this year The Express Tribune (newspaper), Published 31 December 2012, Accessed 15 November 2019
- Profile and books of Hajra Masroor on goodreads.com website. Retrieved 24 June 2019
- "Urdu awards ceremony, Mushaira set for Oct. 6". Gulf Times (newspaper). 11 September 2011. Archived from the original on 19 September 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2019.