Mustansar Hussain Tarar
|Born||1 March 1939|
|Pen name||مستنصر حسین تارڑ|
|Occupation||Novelist, actor, newspaper columnist, travelogue writer, TV Host|
Mustansar Hussain Tarar (Urdu: مستنصر حسين تارڑ; Mustanṣar Ḥusẹ̄n Tāraṙ) S.I. (born 1 March 1939) is a Pakistani author, travel enthusiast, mountaineer, writer, novelist, columnist, TV host and former actor.
Mustansar Hussain Tarar was born in Gujrat District on 1 March 1939 at his maternal grandparents' house, according to the preface of his book, Lahore Awargi. But he was raised in Lahore with his family that hailed from Mandi Bahauddin. His father, Rehmat Tarar, operated a small agricultural seed store by the name of "Kisan & company" that later flourished to become a major business in that field.
Tarar was educated at Rang Mahal Mission High School and Muslim Model High School, both in Lahore, Pakistan. He pursued higher studies at Government College, Lahore and in London. While abroad he spent much of his time watching movies, hanging out with friends and reading books. In 1958, he attended the World Youth Festival in Moscow and wrote a book named Fakhta (Dove) based on his experience.
He has written more than 50 books including novels and a collection of short stories in his career. His first book was a travelogue of Europe published in 1971 by the title of Nikley Teri Talaash Main (1970), dedicated to his youngest brother, Mobashir Hussain Tarar. This followed a period during which he travelled in seventeen European countries, and spearheaded a new trend of travelogues in Urdu literature. So far he has over forty travelogues ('Safar Nama' in Urdu) to his credit.ref name=urduwire/>
He also became a television actor and was, for many years, a host of Pakistan Television Corporation's (PTV) live morning show Subah Bakhair (1988) (Good Morning). His unconventional and down-to-earth style of hosting earned him great popularity among people from all circles of life. He is one of the most recognised personality among children as he spent a big part of transmission time addressing children exclusively. He called himself chacha jee (paternal uncle) of all Pakistani children and soon became known by this title.
Shadi Online was a matrimonial show conceived by a private TV channel (Geo TV). It ran for more than 350 episodes and later was turned into an online matrimonial website. Tarar was selected as the host due to the trust of people, especially parents, had in him.
Columns as a journalist and books
His books include:
- Mantiqul Tair, Jadeed (منطق الطیر، جدید) (Conference of Birds, Modern) (ISBN 9693531574, Publisher: SMP, Language: Urdu, Category: Novel Year: 2018)
- Andulus Mayn Ajnabi (اندلس میں اجنبی) (Stranger in Spain) (ISBN No:9693515471, Publisher:SMP, Language:URDU, Category: SAFAR NAMA Year: 2009) First published in 1972
- Bahhao (بہاؤ) (Flow)
- Bay Izti Kharab (بے عزتی خراب) (Insulting dishonor) – This phrase is deliberately wrong and commonly used this way in local communities, thus the book name
- Berfeeli Bulandiyan (برفیلی بلندیاں) (Snowy Heights)
- Carvan Sarai (کارواں سرایےؑ) (Caravan Motel)
- Chikh Chuk (چک چک) (Remove the curtain)
- Chitral Daastan (چترال داستان) (Tale of Chitral)
- Dais Huwaa Perdais (دیس ہوے پردیس) (Homeland becomes foreign land)
- Deosai (دیوسائی)- First published in 2003
- Dakia aur Jolaha (ڈاکیا اور جولاھا) (Postman and cloth-maker)
- Gadhay Hamaray Bhai Hain (گدھے ہمارے بھایی ھیں) (Donkeys are our brothers)
- Ghar-e-Hira Mein Ek Raat (غار حراء میں ایک رات) (a night in the cave 'Hira' near Mecca)
- Guzara Naheen Hota (گزارا نہیں ہوتا) (Hard to get by)
- Gypsy (جپسی)
- Hazaron Hain Shikway (ہزاروں ھیں شکوے) (Have thousands of complaints)
- Hazaron Raastay (ہزاروں راستے) (Thousands of paths)
- Hunza Dastaan (ہنزہ داستان) (Tale of Hunza)
- K-2 Ki Kahani (کے ٹو کہانی) (K2 Story)- First published in 1993
- Kaalaash (کالاش) (Kafiristan)
- Khana Badosh (خانہ بدوش) (Gypsi)- First published in 1983
- Moorat (مورت) (Idol)
- Moscow Ki Sufaid Raatein.(ماسکو کی سفید راتیں) ( White Nights of Moscow)
- Munh Wal Kabbey Shariff Dey (منہ ول کعبے شریف دے) (Face towards Qibla) [Experience of performing HAJJ]- First published in 2006
- Nanga Parbat (نانگاپربت) (book named after the mountain of the same name)
- Nepal Nagri (نیپال نگری) (Land of Nepal)- First published in 1999
- Niklay Teri Talash Main (نکلے تیری تلاش میں) (Out in your search)- First published in 1970
- Pakhairoo (پکھیرو) (Birds)- A book in the Punjabi language
- Parinday (پرندے) (Birds)
- Parwaz (پرواز) (Flight)
- Payar Ka Pehla Shehr (پیار کا پہلا شہر) (Love's first city)- First published in 1974
- Putli Peking Ki (پتلی پیکنگ کی) (Monument from Peking)- First published in 2009* Qilaa Jangi (قلعہ جنگی) (Fortified war)
- Qurbat-e-Marg Main Mohabbat (قربت مرگ میں محبت) (Love, when you are near death)
- Raakh (راکھ) (Ash)
- Ratti Gali- First published in 2005
- Safar Shumal Kay (سفر شمال کے) (Journeys of the north)- First published in 1991
- Shamshaal Baimesaal (شمشال بیمثال) (Extraordinary Shamshaal) First published in 2000
- Shehpar (شہپر) (Wings)
- Shuter Murgh Riasat (شتر مرغ ریاست) (Ostrich State)
- Snow Lake (سنو لیک) First published in 2000
- Sunehri Ullo Ka Shaher (سنہری الو کا شھر) (The city of golden owl)
- Yaak Saraey (یاک سرائے) (Yaak Inn)- First published in 1997
- Khas-o-Khashak Zamane (خس و خاشاک زمانے) (Novel)
- Alaska Highway – (ISBN 9693524446 Publisher: SMP Language: URDU Subject: TRAVELOGUE Year: 2011)
- Australia Awargi (آسٹریلیا آوارگی) (Travelogue, 2015)
- 15-Kahaniyan (15 کہانیاں) (Short Stories, 2015)
- Rakaposhi Nagar (راکاپوشی نگر) (Travelogue, 2015)
- America Key Sou Rang (امریکا کے سو رنگ) (Travelogue of America, 2015)
- Aur Sindh Behta Raha (اور سندھ بہتا رہا) (Travelogue of Sindh, 2016)
- Haramosh Naqabil e Faramosh (Travelogue of Haramosh peak, 2017)
- Karvaan Siraye (کاروان سرائے) (2001 )
- Ullu Hamare Bhai Hain (الو ھمارے بھا ئئ ھین)
- Lahore Awargi
- Pyar ka Pehla Punjab
- Siyah Aankh Mein Tasveer
- Tarar Nama
He is also the author of many famous drama series for Pakistan Television Corporation or PTV.
- Hazaron Raaste (Thousands of Paths)
- Parinda (Bird)
- Shahpar (Wings)
- Sooraj Ke Sath Sath (staying along with the Sun)
- Keilash (Name of a tribe in northern areas of Pakistan)
- Fareb (illusion)
As a mountaineer and a travelogue writer himself, Tarar has long promoted the cause of tourism projects in the Northern Areas of Pakistan.
Awards and recognition
- Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) - Awarded in Literature by the President of Pakistan in 2017
- Pride of Performance Award - Awarded in Literature in 1992
- Anjuman Farogh-i-Urdu (Qatar) Award
- Pakistan Academy of Letters PAL nominated him in 2022 for Kamal-e-Fun Award (Lifetime Achievement Award) shared with Ashu Lal Faqeer but he refused to take the 'half award'.
- Haroon Ashraf (28 December 2015). "The rise and rise of Mustansar Hussain Tarar". The Nation (newspaper). Retrieved 14 August 2023.
- A decent man can't be a good writer - Mustansar Tarar Dawn (newspaper), Published 19 February 2009, Retrieved 14 August 2023
- Profile of Mustansar Hussain Tarar on urduadab4u.com website Published 29 December 2010, Retrieved 14 August 2023
- "Profile of Mustansar Hussain Tarar". Urduwire.com website. Archived from the original on 20 March 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2023.
- Flashback: Diary of a vagabond (Mustansar Hussain Tarar) Dawn (newspaper), Published 2 December 2012, Retrieved 14 August 2023
- Haroon Shuaib (8 March 2022). "Mustansar Hussain Tarar: The Storyteller". Youlin Magazine. Retrieved 14 August 2023.
- Mustansar Hussain Tarar to receive Sitara-e-Imtiaz The Express Tribune (newspaper) Published 15 August 2016, Retrieved 14 August 2023