Mustansar Hussain Tarar

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Mustansar Hussain Tarar

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Mustansir Hussain Tarar while working
Born (1939-03-01) 1 March 1939 (age 83)
Mandi Bahauddin, Pakistan
Pen nameمستنصر حسین تارڑ
OccupationNovelist, actor, newspaper columnist, travelogue writer, TV Host
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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.[1]

Early life[edit]

Mustansar Hussain Tarar was born in Ghakhar Mandi on 1 March 1939 at his maternal grandparents' house, according to the preface of his book, Lahore Awargi.[2] 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.[3]

Tarar was educated at Rang Mahal Mission High School and Muslim Model High School, both in Lahore, Pakistan.[4] He pursued higher studies at Government College, Lahore and in London.[4] 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.[4][5]


He has written more than 50 books including novels and a collection of short stories in his career.[2] 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.[2] 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.[2]

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).[1] 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.[2]

An autograph by Mustansar Hussain

Tarar has been an active mountaineer for many years and has been to the base camp of the famous mountain K2 and the Chitti Buoi Glacier.[4]

Columns as a journalist and books[edit]

During his long career, he has been a newspaper columnist and a contributor in Pakistani newspapers including Dawn and Daily Aaj, and used to write a weekly column for Akhbar-e-Jahan.[4]

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[2]
  • Bahhao (بہاؤ) (Flow)[2]
  • 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[2]
  • 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)[2]
  • Deosai (دیوسائی)- First published in 2003
  • Dakia aur Jolaha (ڈاکیا اور جولاھا) (Postman and cloth-maker)[3][2]
  • 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)[2]
  • 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[2]
  • 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[2]
  • 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[1]
  • 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)[3][1]
  • 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)[3]
  • 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[2]
  • Tarar Nama


He is also the author of many famous drama series for Pakistan Television Corporation or PTV.

  • Hazaron Raastey (Thousands of Paths)[3]
  • Parinda (Bird)
  • Shehpar (Wings)
  • Sooraj Ke Sath Sath (staying along with the Sun)
  • Keilash (Name of a tribe in northern areas of Pakistan)
  • Fareb (illusion)

Travelogue writer[edit]

As a mountaineer and a travelogue writer himself, Tarar has long promoted the cause of tourism projects in the Northern Areas of Pakistan.[3]

Awards and recognition[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Haroon Ashraf (28 December 2015). "The rise and rise of Mustansar Hussain Tarar". The Nation (newspaper). Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p A decent man can't be a good writer - Mustansar Tarar Dawn (newspaper), Published 19 February 2009, Retrieved 26 April 2019
  3. ^ a b c d e f Profile of Mustansar Hussain Tarar on website Published 31 August 2010, Retrieved 26 April 2019
  4. ^ a b c d e Profile of Mustansar Hussain Tarar on website Archived 20 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 26 April 2019
  5. ^ Flashback: Diary of a vagabond (Mustansar Hussain Tarar) Dawn (newspaper), Published 2 December 2012, Retrieved 26 April 2019
  6. ^ Mustansar Hussain Tarar award info on Associated Press of Pakistan website Published 23 March 2017, Retrieved 26 April 2019

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