Saadat Hasan Manto was a Pakistani playwright and author considered among the greatest writers of short stories in South Asian history. Presented here is a selection from his writings.
Taaoos Chaman Ki Myna is an award-winning short story written by Naiyer Masud, an Urdu writer from Lucknow. The story is set in Lucknow during the mid-1800s. Wajid Ali Shah, the Nawab of Awadh, has a large cage full of beautiful mynahs in his garden in Qaisar Bagh. Kaley Khan is a poor employee in the Nawab's garden. The story follows the plight of Kaley Khan and his family, and specifically what happens when he steals one of the mynahs for his daughter, who has long been asking for one.
Titles include: "Amar Bail"; "Chiri ki Dukki"; "Ghoonghat"; "Roshan".
Ibn e Insha, real name Sher Muhammad Khan, born June 15, 1927, died on January 11, 1978, was a Leftist Urdu poet, humorist, travelogue writer, and columnist. He is regarded as one of the best humorists in Urdu. His writing has a distinctive diction laced with language reminiscent of Amir Khusro in its use of words and construction. He was associated with several governmental services including Radio Pakistan, Ministry of Culture, and National Book Centre of Pakistan.
Intizar Hussain is recognized as the greatest contemporary Pakistani Urdu fiction writer. Among his numerous awards is a nomination for the Man Booker International Prize in 2013. The Seventh Door and Leaves are among his books translated into English. His writings include "Basti", "Hindustan Se Aakhri Khat", "Agay Samander hai", "Shehr-e-Afsos", "Jataka Tales", "Janam Kahanian", and "Wo Jo Kho Gaye". Presented here is a collection of folk tales from his book Nai Purani Kahanian.