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Sarabit Singh's death is reminiscent of Manto's 'Toba Tek Singh'

May 06, 2013

Sarabit Singh's death is reminiscent of Manto's 'Toba Tek Singh'

Its impossible not to think of Manto. In the part of Punjab that Bhikhiwind lies, (Sarabjit Singhs hometown) words from Saadat Hassan Mantos most famous story, Toba Tek Singh, keep streaming in. #ConnectTheDots #Sarabjit Singh #Saadat Hasan Manto
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
How Sadaat Hasan Manto is relevant to our times

Apr 04, 2013

How Sadaat Hasan Manto is relevant to our times

I wanted to write today about why it is important that the non-fiction of Manto be translated as it has been in this Firstpost series, of which only six pieces remain, for the last few months. #HowThisWorks #Saadat Hasan Manto
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
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 chaos that was the Partition of India

Jan 05, 2013

Manto on the chaos that was the Partition of India

We are fortunate that Manto brought his skills as a writer and an obserer to the days of Partition in Bombay. Manto then tells us, through his experiences in Pakistan, how silly the whole enterprise is. #Partition of India #Saadat Hasan Manto #Manto'sMusings
Of bad luck and spring cleaning Manto on his wedding

Dec 27, 2012

Of bad luck and spring cleaning Manto on his wedding

In this, the final episode of the story of his wedding, Manto tells us how he eventually crosses the line. Watch out for the personalities who play a part in this drama. Most are now forgotten, but in their day they were giants of Indian cinema. #Saadat Hasan Manto #Manto'sMusings
Haircuts and salary squabbles Manto on the great Indian wedding

Dec 23, 2012

Haircuts and salary squabbles Manto on the great Indian wedding

In this piece, titled 'Meri Shaadi' or 'My Wedding', Manto documents the curious workings of an Indian wedding, his own, in endearing details. #Saadat Hasan Manto #Manto'sMusings