Raza Ali Abidi

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Raza Ali Abidi
رضا علی عابدی
Born (1936-11-30) 30 November 1936 (age 79)
Roorkee, India
Occupation broadcaster, journalist, Author,
Nationality Pakistani
Genre Travels, Fiction and Popular History
Partner Mahe Talat Abidi
Children Rabab, Mona and Babar

Raza Ali Abidi (Urdu: رضا علی عابدی‎; born 30 November 1936) is a Pakistani journalist and broadcaster who is best known for his radio documentaries on the Grand Trunk Road and the Indus River. His published works include several collections of cultural essays and short stories. He has worked with the BBC Urdu Service and retired in 1996. In November 2013, he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by The Islamia University of Bahawalpur for his services in the field of broadcasting, journalism and arts. He was also honored as adjunct professor by the same institute. It is to be noted that The Islamia University of Bahawalpur (where Raza Ali Abdi has honored with adjunct professorship) has recently been declared as the top higher education institute in Southern Punjab, by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.



Children's stories[edit]

  • Pehla Taara, Pehli Kiran, Champa, Mun-mun, Meri Ammi, Pyari Maa, Zalim Bhedia, Ulta Ghoda, Qazi ji ka Achaar, Pehli Ginti, Gungunata Qaida, Bandar ki Alif Bay. Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, Kamal ke Aadmi and Nat Khat Ladka (poetry). All published by Sange Meel Publications, Lahore.

Literary books[edit]

  • Kutub Khana
  • Urdu ka Haal
  • Apni Awaz(short stories)
  • Jaan Saheb(short Stories)
  • Hazrat Ali Ki Taqreerein
  • Jaanay Pehchaaney
  • Malika Victoria aor Munshi Abdul Kareem
  • Naghama-gar (All about lyrics and the lyricists)
  • Pehla Safar (memoirs of his first Indo-Pak journey in 1982 - published in June 2011 from oxford university press)
  • Radio ke Din (personal memoirs - published in 2011 from sang e meel publications lahore)
  • Akhbar ki ratain ( being published from sang e meel publications lahore)
  • Kitaaben apne Aabaa ki(All about 19th century Urdu books)
  • Tees Saal Baad(first Indo-Pak journey+Hamare Kutub Khaanay with additions)
  • Puraane Thug (A history of the Thugs of the 19th century)


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