Tag: Ismat Chughtai

  • Translations: Ila Arab Mehta, Ismat Chughtai, Arupa Patangia Kalita

    Translations: Ila Arab Mehta, Ismat Chughtai, Arupa Patangia Kalita

    (Translations is now a regular monthly column in the Business Standard, covering works by Indian writers.) Fence, Ila Arab Mehta, Translated from Gujarati by Rita Kothari Zubaan Books Rs 350, 200 pages In March 2003, a brief news item, a few paragraphs long, came out in The Telegraph. “Muslims in Gujarat face blatant discrimination”, the […]

  • Writers, October: Ismat Chughtai

    The Lihaf trial, from The Journal of Urdu Studies: http://www.urdustudies.com/pdf/15/28naqviExerpt.pdf  “There was a big crowd in the court. Several people had advised us to offer our apologies to the judge, even offering to pay the fines on our behalf. The proceedings had lost some of their verve, the witnesses who were called in to prove that “Lihaaf” was […]

  • The Books Column: A charpai of her own-Ismat Chughtai

    (Published in the Business Standard, April 2012.) What would you do if you were a young Indian woman reader looking for inspiration in the lives of other writers? Would you look to Jane Austen, trapped in a tiny corner of the English countryside, using her wit to create epics on two inches of ivory? To […]