Muhammad Mansha Yaad

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Muhammad Mansha Yaad
Born Muhammad Mansha Yaad
(1937-09-05)5 September 1937
Thatha Nustar, Farooqabad, Punjab, Pakistan
Died 15 October 2011(2011-10-15) (aged 74)
Islamabad, Pakistan
Pen name Yaad
Occupation Writer, playwright
Nationality Pakistani
Genre Fiction
Subject Literature
Spouse Farhat Nasim Akhtar
Website
www.manshayaad.com

Muhammad Mansha Yaad (Urdu: محمد منشا یاد‎؛ Punjabi: محمد منشا یاد , ਮੁਹੰਮਦ ਮਨਸ਼ਾ ਯਾਦ) was a writer and playwright from Punjab, Pakistan. He received the Pride of Performance award in 2004 from the Government of Pakistan. He has won many other awards from organizations in various countries.

His first short story appeared in 1955 and his first collection of stories was published in 1975. He contributed Urdu and Punjabi stories to many literary magazines. He has published ten collections of short stories, including one in Punjabi, along with a novel in Punjabi, Tanwan Tanwan Tara, and many television series and plays.[1]

Personal life and education[edit]

Muhammad Mansha Yaad was born in 1937[2] in Thattha Nushtar, a village about 18 kilometer from Farooqabad. He studied in village Gajyana Now up to primary class and completed his Matriculation from Hafizabad and earned a diploma in engineering from Rasul College in 1955. He passed examinations of Fazil-e-Urdu in 1964, gained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1965, Masters in Urdu in 1967 and Master in Punjabi in 1972 from University of the Punjab.[3]

He was married in Lahore to his cousin Farhat Nasim Akhtar in 1960. He had one daughter and three sons.[4]

Yaad joined the Pakistan Government Service in 1958 in PWD Rehabilitation in Rawalpindi and Murree for about two years (1958–1960) as a Sub Engineer and in 1960 he joined Federal Capital Commission which was later converted into Capital Development Authority (CDA), [1] Islamabad, as Sub Engineer and than gained and served as an Assistant Engineer, Executive Engineer, Public Relations Officer & Chief Complaints officer over time and retired as Deputy Director in 1997.

After his retirement he lived in Islamabad at his residence known as "Afsana Manzil" (منزل افسانہ or "Fiction Destination") and devoted his time to literature and literary events. He died of a heart attack on 15 October 2011 in Islamabad.[5]

Pen name[edit]

As a youngster he had a keen interest in poetry and, after considering several pen names, chose "Yaad". His work responsibilities allowed him little time to stay involved in writing and he slowly drifted him apart from poetry. Yet he kept the pen name hoping eventually to return to poetry. As he says: “Didn’t knew when smoke may start rising from the poem kiln again”.[this quote needs a citation]

Works[edit]

Short stories[edit]

"Band Muthi Main Jugnoo" (بند مٹھی مین جگنو) ("Glow-worms in a closed-Fist"), "Maas aur Mitti" (ماس اور مٹی) "Khala Andar Khala" (خلا اندر خلا) ("Void within Void"). "Waqt Samunder" "Wagda Panni (Punjabi Shah Mukhi & Gur Mukhi)" "Darakhat Aadmi" "Door Ki Awaaz" "Tamaasha" "Kwawab Saraay" "Ik kankar Thairey Paani Main"

Novels[edit]

Raahain (Urdu Novel) Taanwan Taanwa Taara (Noval Punjabi Shah Mukhi & Gur Mukhi )

Writing for television[edit]

Rehein was a drama by PTV Lahore centre in 1999 after Waris and an overall a great production. It was based on the Punjabi novel “Tanwa Tanwa Tara” by Yaad.[6] The drama focuses on different societal issue of people both living in urban and rural areas such as the value of education, culture and justice.

Literary activities[edit]

In 1972, Yaad founded Halqa Arbab e Zauq, Islamabad, the first prominent literary organization in the capital city.[7]

In Islamabad, he also founded some other literary organizations such as Likhnay Walon Ki Anjuman, Rabta, Bazame Kitab and Fiction Forum, which enriched the newly built city literarily and culturally.

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Awards and recognitions[edit]

  • Baba Farid Adabi Award for Best Novel Writer Award, 2006[8]
  • Life Time Achievement Award at 12th International Punjabi Conference, 2005
  • Pride of Performance for Novel and Short Story Writing, By Pakistan Government, 2004[9]
  • Life Time Achievement Award by Writers Forum Islamabad, 2004
  • Punjabi Adbi Culture Sangat Award 2004
  • Awarded by Punjabi Likhari Forum UK for Literary Work 2004
  • Exceptional Performance Award by Sadai Adab International DFW Metroplex UK 2004

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