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Manto on Iqbal, the writer of 'Saare Jahan Se Achcha'

Apr 25, 2013

Manto on Iqbal, the writer of 'Saare Jahan Se Achcha'

Manto found himself in the surprising position of having to preside over the annual Iqbal day celebrations in independent Pakistan. Surprising because he had no love for the Islamic state that Iqbal championed and, as he will say here himself, he was not very keen on poetry either. But the one thing he had in common with the man he was eulogising was that both were persecuted. #Manto'sMusings #Saare Jahan Se Achcha #Iqbal
Manto on what happens when a city becomes a new country

Apr 13, 2013

Manto on what happens when a city becomes a new country

What happens when the city you're familiar with suddenly becomes a new country? Manto tells us this by taking a stroll through the lanes of Lahore, a city that was India and has now become something else. #Pakistan #Muhammad Ali Jinnah #Saadat Hasan Manto #Manto'sMusings #Lloyd's Bank
Manto's review of PC Barua's Zindagi

Mar 22, 2013

Manto's review of PC Barua's Zindagi

this is the only film review Manto ever wrote. The film is called Zindagi and it stars Saigal singing some of his biggest hits, 'So ja rajkumari' and 'Main kya janu kya jadu hai'. #Zindagi #Manto'sMusings #PC Barua
What women want Manto on eve teasing and flirting

Mar 15, 2013

What women want Manto on eve teasing and flirting

Trust Manto to take up a subject as unusual as the forcible interaction between sexes - what we call eve-teasing and molestation in India - and write this long essay on it. #Eve-teasing #Manto'sMusings #flirting
Partition of India Manto on why Pak never stopped being violent

Mar 07, 2013

Partition of India Manto on why Pak never stopped being violent

Manto thought the violent forces that had been unleashed during that period would remain in Pakistan's society, damaging it. In this piece he tells us the country would become increasingly violent unless the matter was taken up. #Partition of India #Saadat Hasan Manto #Manto'sMusings
Business of blasphemy Manto on Pakistan's colourless future

Feb 22, 2013

Business of blasphemy Manto on Pakistan's colourless future

Manto sketches an apocalyptic, Mad Max-type future for Pakistan in this essay, as he began to recognise its Orwellian trajectory. Who can say he had it wrong? #Pakistan #Saadat Hasan Manto #Manto'sMusings
Cigarette snatchers Manto on the spoils of World War II

Feb 15, 2013

Cigarette snatchers Manto on the spoils of World War II

During World War II, the Army had been expanded and used to consume vast quantities of foodstuffs. These were rationed across India, as also were cigarettes, which now had to be got from the black market. Manto here talks about people who bummed cigarettes off him. #World War II #Saadat Hasan Manto #Manto'sMusings
Hindi or Urdu? Manto on post-independence language wars

Feb 07, 2013

Hindi or Urdu? Manto on post-independence language wars

As the freedom movement took off, so did a dispute between what the official language of India would be. Some said Hindi because it was spoken by more people, others said Urdu because much of the law and history was in it. Manto found the whole thing stupid as this piece shows. #Hindi #Urdu #Manto'sMusings #Language wars
The frivolities of justice Manto on the court of law

Jan 18, 2013

The frivolities of justice Manto on the court of law

Manto was tried several times for obscenity in British India, but it was only after independence that his legal troubles sent him into despair. The essay he mentions as causing him the most trouble is called Thanda Gosht, and is about necrophilia during a riot. #Saadat Hasan Manto #Manto'sMusings
Manto on the violence that trailed Quit India Movement

Jan 10, 2013

Manto on the violence that trailed Quit India Movement

Manto was probably the best observer of communal violence in Bombay. In this piece, he writes of the mayhem that came to the city during the Quit India Movement. #Bombay #Quit India Movement #communal riots #Manto'sMusings