The The Quilt Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, The Quilt study guide contains a biography of Ismat Chughtai, literature. ‘Lihaaf’ or the ‘Quilt’ was written in and published some time later in in Adab-e-Latif. The story brought immediate notoriety to Ismat because the. SHORT STORY Lihaaf [The Quilt] O Ismat Chughtai Translated from Urdu by M. Asaduddin In the last issue of manushi, while reviewing Deepa Mehta’s Fire, we.

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I was scared stiff. Having thus laid the ground for the action to take place Chughtai now takes us to that time in the past when the events of the story actually happened. For the Nawab, Begum Jan is nothing more than a piece of furniture in his house.

Her stories were bold, funny, sharp ,very thought provoking and dripping with sarcasm. Asaduddin the translator is a professor of English literature and has done a good job in selecting some of Ismat ‘s best short fiction. That sets my mind racing into the labyrinth of times past. She had put away the shawl and in the fine karga kurta her body shone like a ball of dough. Understandably she does not even feel like dressing up wearing fine clothes for who was there to see and appreciate?

Rabbu used to massage her back for hours together. A story about a woman born into a forward, privileged background, ambitious by nature but muzzled emotionally by both her circumstances and her own fears.


I went in, keeping my face turned away and ran out after doing the errand. Maybe you cannot should not judge an Urdu story by its English translation! There were bursts of laughter the moment their names were mentioned. The elephant stopped shaking and the quilt came down.

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Rabbu and Begum Jaan were the subject of their gossip during leisure hours. She must be polishing off some goodies.

She knew that left alone in the house I would fight with my brothers or roam around. The story was criticized by conservative literary critics ”Lihaaf” is a short story written by prominent Urdu writer Ismat Chughtai.

Moreover, as Tahira Naqvi has observed. But she wanted me to stroke it. How proud I felt!

At the same time since it is a child who is reporting these goings on, it is done without any awkwardness that might have accompanied such descriptions.

The stories that didn’t impress me were due to a strong emotional reaction, more than a reading of the story. There was quiilt peculiar noise again. Jun 20, Miranda Brist rated it really liked it. At some points, one has to puzzle out characters and their relations line hhe line. The language author used seems very simple for the way she expressed the feelings in a beautiful way. They seem to have no voice of their own in which they would register protest at the oppression that they are made to experience every moment of their existence.


What juicy stories they made up about them! She died in the early ‘s and was considered a truly liberated soul. Recite the Ayatul kursi.

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Then, I think, you will be able to find out how a forl I read ‘Lihaaf’ by Ismat Chugtai a few years ago in Hindi and I was dumbfounded by her portrayal of characters. Do both-watch the movie and read the story. Someone writing a story about homosexuality in the pre-independence years of India and Pakistan? He was too busy chasing the gossamer shirts, nor did he allow her to go out. In contrast to Begum Jan, Rabbu is just the opposite.

A purple shawl covered her feet as she sat in regal splendour, a veritable Maharani. The story was charged with obscenity and she was summoned to Lahore to defend it. Im going to attribute that to not reading the Urdu originals.

The narrator recalls how Begum Jan blossomed under the hands of Rabbu. As a mature woman she knows the nature of relationship between Rabbu and Begum Jan but chooses to let it remain at the level of suggestion.

And Begum Jaan here was more terrifying than all the loafers of chughta world.