SHORT STORY Lihaaf [The Quilt] O Ismat Chughtai Translated from Urdu by M. Asaduddin In the last issue of manushi, while reviewing Deepa Mehta’s Fire, we. Lihaf-Hindi, Chughtai, Ismat – Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online. For example in a short story“ Lihaf‖ (The quilt) written in Ismat Chughtai created a fictional situation taken from life in middle-class families. She was able .

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Chuhgtai realised that I was wandering outdoors in the cold and might die of pneumonia! Her stories abound with nubile young girls, middle aged matrons, widows. InHirschfeld founded the Scientific Humanitarian Committee, which worked for the abolition of antisodomy laws and included lesbian women. I felt too nervous to step into her room. Amuman voh surkhi se range hote the.

Her husband, the Nawab, was much older than her and was thought to be extremely respectable for never having had any encounters with prostitutes. She was short, stocky and had a small paunch. To this day whenever I am reminded of her face at that moment I feel jittery. She drank cup after cup of tea and her head began to ache.

When she stretched her legs for the massage I stole a glance at their sheen, enraptured. Relatives, libaf, would come for visits and would stay for months while she remained a prisoner in the house.

Once we start considering the sexual or reproductive body parts of women, the vocabulary begins to be deficient, and the text of lihaf find itself using a range of connotative forms. What these conflicting oppositions show us is the fluidity of oppositions, depending on our lifestyle, experiences, outlook and also according to the prevailing conditions in any single context. Rabbu used to massage her back for hours together.

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Ismat chughtai’s lihaaf

The gold necklace she had offered me moments ago flew into pieces. I could izmat hear what they were saying and what was the upshot of the tiff but I heard Rabbu crying. For them, women with lesbian tendencies represent the exemplary and archetypal female and the perfection of love.

The elephant stopped shaking, and the quilt came down. Begum Jaan was oblivious to all this, cut off as she was from the world chughti. Begum Jaan had decked herself up elaborately and perfumed herself with the warm scent of attars.


Get back to sleep. She knew that left alone in the house I would fight with my brothers or roam around. Perched on the couch she was always massaging some part of her body or the other.

It was Rabbu who rescued her from the fall.

In the coming decades it was widely anthologised, and became one of her most known works, besides Angarey which remained banned for several decades.

Her hands were small but agile, her large, swollen lips were always wet.

During her body massage she sent for me repeatedly. The elephant started fluttering once again and it seemed as though it was trying to squat. A couple of dacoits and murderers would have been a more exciting fare. All through the year Chightai Jaan would wear Chughtsi jaali karga kurtas, white and billowing, and brightly coloured pyjamas. Unknown October 11, at 1: My own brothers and their puny, little friends!

She must be polishing off some goodies.


Relatives, however, would come for visits and would stay for months while she remained a prisoner in the house. In this, the narrative art of Indian fiction re-frame the concerns of lesbianism in India against the western models that clearly serve as inspiration but which can never adequately capture the specificity of the Indian experience.

There was only the smell of attar, sandalwood and henna, nothing else. This text, then, plays on the good versus bad superordinate pihaf lining up the reality, which is bad, with normality, which can not be described as good. She was considered the grand dame of Urdu fiction, as one of the four pillars of modern Urdu short story, the other three lhaf Saadat Hasan MantoKrishan Chanderand Rajinder Singh Bedi.

Unki ankhen kali thin. The elephant somersaulted inside the quilt which pihaf immediately. There was sound of someone smacking her lips, as though savouring a tasty pickle.

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And her hair-parting which was never crooked was a tangled mess. After some time she stopped and lay back exhausted. The quilt looked hcughtai innocent in the morning. Someone would mention their name and the whole group would burst into loud guffaws. It was as though getting the massage was one of the basic necessities of life.

I was scared and got back to sleep. She enabled us to see that is possible for women to write like that we should not just be relying on men writing about women but women themselves should be writing pihaf their lives and their feelings.

It could be an infection under the skin.