Starting his literary career in the late 1940s during the heyday of the Progressive Writers Movement and the golden age of the Urdu short story some of its glory of that period rubbed off on Ahmad Yusuf.
The first collection of Dr Yusuf's short stories 'Roshnai Ki Kishtiyan' (1977) was followed by 'Aag Kay Hamsaiy' (1980), '23 Ghamtay Ka Shehar' (1990) and 'Razm Ho Ya Bazm Ho' (2004). 'Mehfil Mehfil' and 'Dil Kay Qareen Rehtay Hain' (2007).
Dr Ahmad also translated voluminous books from English and Hindi into Urdu. To name a few 'Eight Lives' by Raj Mohan Gandhi, 'Jinnah of early Days' by Sarojni Naidu and Study of one Sikh guru.
Furthermore, Dr Ahmad recompiled 'Hasrat-e-Tameer' by Akhtar Orainwi. The first edition of the novel was worn out and illegible.
Working in association with Patna's Khuda Baksh Library Dr Ahmad published 'Bihar Urdu Lughat', in 1993, a collection vocabulary of more than 3,500 words and idioms, with references.
His doctoral dissertation was completed in 1996 that traces the social background of characters in six major Urdu novels, beginning with the classical Islah Un Nissa, and also including the now forgotten.
Dr Ahmad Yusuf was born Syed Usman Ahmad Yusuf at Patna.
Compiled by:M Nauman Khan