ISMAT CHUGHTAI THE QUILT PDF

At once, my mind begins to wander in the veiled world of the past. Countless memories awake. To my thinking, a blanket may be less comfortable than a quilt, but its shadow is not as terrifying as when the black outline of a quilt hovers about the wall. This is the story of a time when I was a small girl, when I used to spend the whole day exchanging blows with my brothers and their friends. Sometimes I used to wonder why I was so bellicose. At an age when my other sisters were busy gathering admirers, I was busy in pitched battles, shoes flying, with all the boys and girls both in and outside our family.

Author:Kazragor Mooguran
Country:Turkey
Language:English (Spanish)
Genre:Life
Published (Last):18 June 2011
Pages:409
PDF File Size:18.97 Mb
ePub File Size:10.68 Mb
ISBN:681-7-63188-353-3
Downloads:96807
Price:Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader:Goltim



The story was charged with obscenity and she was summoned to Lahore to defend it. The story brought me so much notoriety that I got sick of life. Lihaaf, indisputably, remains one of her most in famous works and the controversy it sparked hung like a perceptible shadow over everything that Chughtai wrote since. He was defending his story, Bu that faced similar charges. The story, narrated by a woman, is mostly recounted by her from the time when she was a child and was left with Begum Jan by her mother.

Lihaaf: Feminist or not? Much like her other works, Chughtai in Lihaaf unabashedly wrote about female desires and wants and thereby even acknowledged them. But Chughtai places a lihaaf or a quilt of vagueness and euphemism over her writing as she explores the homoerotic theme in her story. Although veiled, the references were not missed by the readers. Lihaaf gained Chughtai notoriety as well as the epithet of being a radical feminist author — almost putting her next in line to Rashid Jahan, who too had raised the ire of the general populace by writing about the oppression faced by women.

The story, over the years, has emerged as a fitting example of the triumph of feminism and Begum Jan is often viewed as the champion of it.

Left alone in the zenana, she creates a world for herself. Once in there, she is no longer at the mercy of the Nawab to placate her urges. And she does. The zenana then becomes a feminist utopia where women seem to be reliant only on each other and where desires can be voiced and satiated. Mohan, in her argument, departs sharply from the general accepted reading of the text.

She has written about the same in an upcoming article. It is not hard to guess that reading the text just as a feminist narrative — one that glosses over the class divisions and the molestation faced by the child narrator— is what Mohan refers to as a selective reading. They might be two different physical spaces but they mirror each other in the purpose they served. The relationship that Rabbu has with Begum Jan might be seemingly homoerotic but it is not equitable. Rabbu is dependant on Begum Jan and is situated in a social stratum much lower to hers.

Their relationship is then akin to a transaction as Rabbu is reduced to a pair of hands and Begum Jan is transformed into a sexual predator, merely feeding on her prey without reciprocating. Begum Jan is bereft of any maternal instincts and sees the narrator merely as a replacement of Rabbu. Her de-formation as a predator is complete when she tries to molest the narrator, disregarding her age and the fact that the latter was left to her care.

Lihaaf: Treading the middle ground This, however, does not make Lihaaf any less of a feminist text even though it might challenge some accepted tenets of feminism.

Chughtai blurs the lines between the powerful and the powerless untill each resembles the other in their morbidity. Mohan believes it is not Begum Jan but the child narrator who can be deemed be as a feminist. Her defiance results in her mother sending her to Begum Jan and the zenana, that was supposed to empower her, punishes her instead- silencing and pacifying her.

Mohan approves of such a reading. Click here to join our channel indianexpress and stay updated with the latest headlines For all the latest Lifestyle News , download Indian Express App.

EL RESPETO RICHARD SENNETT PDF

Ismat Chughtai

The story was charged with obscenity and she was summoned to Lahore to defend it. The story brought me so much notoriety that I got sick of life. Lihaaf, indisputably, remains one of her most in famous works and the controversy it sparked hung like a perceptible shadow over everything that Chughtai wrote since. He was defending his story, Bu that faced similar charges. The story, narrated by a woman, is mostly recounted by her from the time when she was a child and was left with Begum Jan by her mother.

JUDIN POLJUBAC PDF

LIHAAF BY ISMAT CHUGHTAI IN URDU PDF

Conclusion Introduction Lihaf is an Urdu short story that made Ismat Chughtai popular for its controversies. Because it was branded as a feminist work feminism — not attacking men but the social structures. The memory pops up when she takes the quilt to cover herself in the winter. That is he was not interested in women but in young men. This is the feeling of every girl who is newly married yet her desires were never fulfilled by her husband that she wanted to gratify her wishes by other means.

CODEX ELDAR NOIR V5 PDF

Who was Ismat Chughtai?

Vudojin Aug 09, Divya rated it it was amazing. Sometimes more so than at other times. Large amount of Urdu words have been used in this book which makes it difficult to grasp and slows down the reading pace. Rasheed Amjad 1 Dr.

ECOTECK FRANCESCA PDF

Lihaaf Summary by Ismat Chughtai

Who was Ismat Chughtai? Ismat Chughtai was writing alongside Saadat Hasan Manto, Rajinder Singh Bedi, and explored female sexuality, class conflict, and middle-class morality through her writings. One of her most enduring works remains the short story, Lihaaf The Quilt. Chughtai, writing alongside the likes of Saadat Hasan Manto and Rajinder Singh Bedi, explored female sexuality, class conflict, and middle-class morality. One of her most enduring works remains the short story, Lihaaf The Quilt that appeared in Adab-i-Latif, a literary magazine based in Lahore. Later, charges of obscenity were also levelled against her.

Related Articles