Khadija Mastoor

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Khadija Mastoor

Khadija Mastoor
خدیجہ مستور
Born(1927-12-11)11 December 1927
Bareilly, British India
Died25 July 1982(1982-07-25) (aged 54)
London
NationalityPakistani
OccupationWriter and Novelist
Spouse(s)Malik Zaheer-ud-Deen Babar Awan
ChildrenKiran Fayyaz
Malik Pervez Alam Awan

Khadija Mastoor (Urdu: خدیجہ مستور‎; Khadījah Mastūr) (11 December 1927 – 25 July 1982) Khadija Mastoor was one of the finest women writers of short stories in Pakistan. She wrote several collections of short stories. She was one of the greatest literary women in the history of Urdu literature. [1] Her novel Aangan has been highly appreciated as a literary masterpiece in Urdu literature, which has also been made into a TV drama.[2][3] Her younger sister Hajra Masroor was also a short story writer while famous poet, playwright and newspaper columnist Khalid Ahmad was her younger brother.[4][5][6][7]

Early life[edit]

Khadija Mastoor and Hajra Masroor with their mother and sisters

Khadija Mastoor was born on 11 December 1927 in Bareilly, India. Her father Syed Tahoor Ahmad Khan was a Medical Doctor in British Army. He died after a heart attack. She migrated to Lahore with her family after the independence of Pakistan in 1947 and settled there.[1]

Literary career[edit]

She started writing short stories in 1942 and continued writing till her death. Five books of short stories and two novels have been published until now.[5] Her stories are based on social and moral values as well as political. Her writing is based on experience and observation.[6]

A scholar of Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan has done her research about Khadija Mastoor's life and literary contributions. The title of the Thesis is :

"Urdu Afsanvi Adab Ki Riwayat Mein Khadija Mastoor Ka Muqam"

A newspaper writes :

Brimming with an urge for writing, both sisters wrote stories for a children['s] magazine and were encouraged by the response they received from prestigious literary journals like Adbi Dunya. Maulana Salahuddin Ahmad, editor of Adbi Dunyia published the stories with adoring remarks and an advice.[6]

A small example of her literary work, She writes

یہ حضرت انسان بھی خوب چیز ہوتے ہیں ، نہیں مانتے تو خدا کو بھی حرفِ غلط سمجھنے لگتے ہیں اور جب ماننے پر آتے ہیں تو پیروں کی چوکھٹ پر اس کا جلوہ دیکھنے لگتے ہیں۔

Literary Work[edit]

Angan

Novels

(winner of Adamjee Award for Literature)[3]

In 2010, on publishing Khadija Mastoor's novel Aangan, Chairman of Pakistan Academy of Letters, Fakhar Zaman said that the novel Aangan by Khadija Mastoor was considered to be one of her big literary achievements[2]

  • Zameen[9] 1987 زمین

Short stories

  • Bochaar[9] 1946 بوچھاڑ
  • Khail[9] 1944 کھیل
  • Chand Roz Oor 1951 چند روز اور

Other books

  • Thakay Haray[9] 1962
  • Thanda Meetha Paani [9] 1981[6] (winner of Hijra Award)

Personal Life[edit]

Khadija Mastoor with her Husband Malik Zaheer-ud-Deen Babar Awan.

She was married to a jornalist Malik Zaheer-ud-Deen Babar Awan and they both together had two children Kiran Fayyaz and Malik Pervez Alam Awan.[1]

Death and legacy[edit]

Khadija Mastoor died on 25 July 1982 in London, England and was buried in Lahore, Pakistan.[1]

In 2005, an event was arranged at the Karachi Arts Council where the chief guest was her sister Hajra Masroor, a noted writer herself. This event was presided over by another noted scholar Sahar Ansari. Professor Sahar Ansari said that both sisters as writers established their own styles and traditions. He also said that Khadija Mastoor simply looked around and wrote down her experiences.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Khadija Masroor's anniversary observed". Pakistan Observer (newspaper). 27 July 2012. Archived from the original on 7 August 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) publishes two books interface.edu.pk website, Retrieved 23 June 2019
  3. ^ a b c NewsBytes (29 March 2017). "Period drama Aangan to make way to small screen soon". The News International (newspaper). Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  4. ^ Poet Khalid Ahmad laid to rest Dawn (newspaper), Published 20 March 2013, Retrieved 23 June 2019
  5. ^ a b "Khadija Mastoor's death anniversary". The Frontier Post (newspaper). 26 July 2012. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Khadija Mastoor's writings praised". Dawn (newspaper). 3 September 2005. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Great story writer Khadija Mastoor's anniversary today". Samaa TV News. 26 July 2012. Archived from the original on 6 January 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  8. ^ Asif Farrukhi (25 November 2018). "FICTION: FOUND AGAIN IN TRANSLATION". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  9. ^ a b c d e Khadija Mastoor books on goodreads.com website Retrieved 23 June 2019

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