AfsanaBadosh ep 4: Listen to Manto's 'Mera Naam Radha Hai' | Presented by Firstpost and Jashn-E-Qalam
AfsanaBadosh, presented by Firstpost and Jashn-E-Qalam, celebrates the spirit of storytelling through narrations of the greatest Hindi and Urdu stories. This is Episode 4 — Saadat Hasan Manto's 'Mera Naam Radha Hai', as performed by KC Shankar.
Firstpost and Jashn-E-Qalam present AfsanaBadosh: Listen to stories by masters of Hindi, Urdu fiction
AfsanaBadosh episodes 1-3 feature the works of Premchand, Rajinder Singh Bedi and Mannu Bhandari.
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Krishan Chandar paints a portrait of a man consumed by insatiable hunger — until he meets a woman with whom he wants to build a life. Though they are brought together by their shared hunger and homelessness, the man Daani loses his moorings after the death of his wife. Read a translation of this Urdu story by Rakhshanda Jalil