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Sadat Hasan Manto, considered as the greatest writers of short stories in South Asian history. He beautifully captured the pain and trauma of the partition through his work. His stories had such brilliance that even after six decades, Manto lives even today.
Manto wrote the deepest secrets about society. In his credit, he wrote 22 collections of short stories but his work was rebellious and provocative as he was tried for obscenity six times. Born in 1912, in the Ludhiana district of the Punjab, Manto wrote his first short story, Tamasha (1931), based on the horrors of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. His most famous works are Thada Gosht, Bu, Khol Do, and Toba Tek Singh.
On his 105th birth anniversary, we have compiled some of the powerful quotes penned by the Indian-born Pakistani writer that reflect a range of thoughts.
On Society
On Life’s complications
On war
On Intimacy
On Wishes
“To tell you the truth, the world seemed full of sad people – those who slept on the uncovered stoops of shops as well as those who lived in high-rise mansions. The man who walks about on foot worries that he doesn’t have decent shoes to wear. The man who rides the automobile frets that he doesn’t have the latest model car. Every man’s complaint is valid in its own way. Every man’s wish is legitimate in its own right.”
On Remembrance
“For me, remembrance of things past has always been a waste of time, and what’s the point of tears? I don’t know. I’ve always been focussed on today. Yesterday and tomorrow hold no interest for me. What had to happen, did, and what will happen, will.”
On Escapism
“I wondered why people consider escapism so bad, even the escapism on display right then. At first it might appear unseemly, but in the end its lack of pretension gives it its own sort of beauty.”
Manto's epitaph
“Here lies Saadat Hasan Manto. With him lie buried the arts of short-story telling. Here he lies underneath tons of mud still wondering if he was a better short-story writer than God.”
Designed By Vikas Kakkar
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