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Name :Saadat Hussain Manto
Period :1912 - 1955
Biographical detail : A sardonic short-story writer of Urdu.

Manto apparently loved challenges and to shock his readers. People either loved him or despised him, but there was hardly a soul who could ignore him. He did try to jolt his readers into social consciousness, and was considered a rebel by the society still waking up to the reality of modern trends in literature.

Manto had a way with words and phrases and was a master craftsman when it came to storytelling – such was his art. ‘Manto Dramay’, as the title suggest, is a compilation of his drama scripts and features that he did during his association with All-India Radio.

‘Manto-Nama’ was the first to hit the shelves, containing his famed fictional pieces like “Toba Tek Singh”, “Sarkandon Kay Peechay” and “Thanda Gosht” among a host of other stories. The next in line was ‘Manto-Rama’ which, again, has short stories in their multitude, but many would find the main attraction elsewhere – in the shape of nine letters to Uncle Sam in which Manto tried to be at his sardonic best.

Saadat Hussain was born at Sambrala, district Ludhiana and passed away in Lahore.
 (Compiler : M. Nauman Khan / Ghulam Mohiuddin)


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