|Biographical detail : ||Writer of Urdu fiction
Immensely popular in present-day Urdu fiction, Shaukat Siddiqui “wrote about people for the people and was among the few writers who reached out to the common man.” His forte, however, was the portrayal of the life of a section of Karachi’s underworld.
Commencing from the first collection of short stories ‘Teesra Admi’ (1952), he progressed on to ‘Andhere Dur Andhere’ (1955), ‘Raton Ka Shahar’ (1956) and ‘Keemyagar’ (1984). Shaukat’s magnum opus ‘Khuda Ki Basti’, dealing with abject poverty and its attending consequences with aplomb remained one of the bestsellers of the 1960s in classic Urdu literature and went through 50 editions, dramatised on television time and again and translated into 26 languages.
In addition to his other novels Shaukat’s ‘Char Deewari’ (1990) depicts his nostalgia for his childhood days in Lucknow where he was born.
He was a great name in journalism during his stint as editor of Musawat where he introduced various trends that became norm afterwards.
Shaukat Siddiqui passed away of cardiac arrest in Karachi.