Naiyer Masud

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Naiyer Masud
Born 1936 (age 80–81)
Lucknow, India
Nationality Indian

Naiyer Masud (born in 1936) is an Urdu scholar and Urdu-language short story writer.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Masud is the son of Syed Masud Hasan Rizvi 'Adeeb', also a Lucknow University Professor of Persian and a famed scholar of dastaan who was awarded the 'Padma Shri' for 'Literature and Education' in 1970, and the brother of the noted satirist Azhar Masud.

He was born in Lucknow and has spent nearly all his life there, working until his retirement as a Professor of Persian at Lucknow University.

Career and honors[edit]

He is the author of many scholarly books and translations (notably of Kafka), but is best known for his short stories, collected in the volumes Ganjifa, Simiya, Itr-e-kaafoor, and Taoos Chaman Ki Myna. For the last, he was awarded the 2001 Urdu prize of the Sahitya Akademi and the Saraswati Samman in 2007.

He received the honor of being the subject of the entire 1997 issue of the Annual of Urdu Studies.[3]

A large selection of his stories have been translated into English by M.U. Memon in the volumes The Snake Catcher and Essence of Camphor.


  1. ^ Dawn Books And Authors (17 February 2013). "COLUMN: Naiyer Masud: "A passionate but calm realist of the strange" by Muhammad Umar Memon". DAWN. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Naiyer Masud". Penguin Books India. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
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