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Saadat Hasan Manto

Saadat Hasan Manto (; Urdu:سعادت حسن منٹو, pronounced ; 11 May 1912 – 18 January 1955) was a writer, playwright and author born in Ludhiana active in British India and later, after the Partition of India, in Pakistan.

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Saadat Hasan Manto
Native name
سعادت حسن منٹو
Born(1912-05-11)11 May 1912
Samrala, Punjab, British India
Died18 January 1955(1955-01-18) (aged 42)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
OccupationNovelist, playwright, essayist, screenwriter, short story writer
NationalityIndian (1912–1948)
Pakistani (1948–1955)
Period1934–1955
GenreDrama, nonfiction, satire, screenplays, personal correspondence
Notable worksToba Tek Singh; Thanda Gosht; Bu; Khol Do; Kaali Shalwar; Hattak
Notable awardsNishan-e-Imtiaz Award (Order of Excellence) in 2012 (posthumous)
RelativesMasud Pervaiz (d. 2001)
Abid Hassan Minto
Ayesha Jalal

Writing mainly in Urdu, he produced 22 collections of short stories, a novel, five series of radio plays, three collections of essays and two collections of personal sketches. His best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics. Manto was known to write about the bitter truths of society that no one dared to talk about. He is best known for his stories about the partition of India, which he opposed, immediately following independence in 1947.

Manto was tried for obscenity six times; thrice before 1947 in British India, and thrice after independence in 1947 in Pakistan, but was never convicted. He is acknowledged as one of the finest 20th century Urdu writers and is the subject of two biographical films: Manto, directed by Sarmad Khoosat and the 2018 film Manto, directed by Nandita Das.

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Early life

Saadat Hassan Manto was born in Paproudi village of Samrala, in the Ludhiana district of the Punjab in a Muslim family of barristers on 11 May 1912. He belonged to a Kashmiri trading family that had settled in Amritsar in the early nineteenth century and taken up legal profession. His father, Khwaja Ghulam Hasan, was a session judge of a local court. His mother, Sardar Begum had a Pathan ancestry and was the second wife of his father. Ethnically a Kashmiri he was proud of his roots. In a letter to Pandit Nehru he suggested that being 'beautiful' was the second meaning of being 'Kashmiri'.

Education and early career

He received his early education at a Muslim High School at Amritsar where he twice failed his matriculation examination. In 1931 he got admitted to the Hindu Sabha College but dropped out after first year due to poor results.

The big turning point in his life came in 1933, at age 21, when he met Abdul Bari Alig, a scholar and polemic writer who encouraged him to find his true talents and read Russian and French authors. Bari also encouraged Manto to translate Victor Hugo's The Last Day of a Condemned Man into Urdu which was later published by Urdu Book Stall, Lahore as Sarguzasht-e-Aseer (A Prisoner's Story). He then translated Oscar Wilde’s Vera into Urdu in 1934. He published his first original story in Urdu, Tamasha (Spectacle) under a pseudonym in Abdul Bari Alig’s Urdu newspaper Khalq (Creation). It was based on the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. During this period he contributed to the daily newspaper Musawat, (Equality) and Ehsan (Kindness), both published from Amritsar. He also edited and translated Russian and French stories for the journals Alamgir and Humayun. On Bari’s encouragement these Russian stories were then published in Lahore under the title, Rusi Afsanay (Russian Stories). The collection included stories from Tolstoy, Gorky and Chekhov and two of Manto’s original stories, Tamasha (Spectacle) and Mahigir (Fisherman).

This heightened enthusiasm pushed Manto to pursue graduation at Aligarh Muslim University, which he joined in July 1934, and soon got associated with the literary circle who would later become members of the Indian Progressive Writers' Association (IPWA). It was here that he met writer Ali Sardar Jafri and found a new spurt in his writing. His second story, "Inqlaab Pasand", was published in Aligarh magazine in March 1935. His education at Aligarh was cut short when nine months into joining the university he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. He spent the next three months at a sanatorium at Batote in Kashmir to regain his health and then returned home to Amritsar.

After a brief stay in Amritsar, Manto moved to Lahore in search of employment and joined the newspaper Paras (Philosopher’s Stone). In 1936, at Lahore, he published his first collection of original short stories Atish Paray (Nuggets of Fire).

In late 1936, he moved to Bombay when he received an invitation to edit the weekly Mussawir (Painter).

Career in Bombay (1937-1941)

In Bombay, Manto started his work as an editor of Mussawir along with Nazir Ludhianvi and the magazine Samaj (Society). He also started to write dialogues and scripts for the Hindi film industry, working first for the Imperial Film Company and then for Saroj Movietone. His films during this period include the 1940 film Apni Nagariya. He wrote many radio plays including Ao Radio Sunen (Come, Let's Listen to Radio) and Qalopatrah ki maut (Cleopatra's Death). In Bombay, he also came in contact with Progressive Writers' Association and became friendly with progressive writers like Krishan Chander, Rajinder Singh Bedi and Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi.

In 1940 he published his second collection of short stories Manto Ke Afsanay (Stories of Manto) from Lahore.

In August 1940 he was dismissed from the editorship of Musawwir and started working for another magazine called Karwan (Caravan) at a lower salary. Dissatisfied in his work, he applied to Krishan Chander for a job with All India Radio in Delhi. Subsequently he moved to Delhi in January 1941 and accepted the job of writing for Urdu Service of All India Radio.

In Delhi (1941-1942)

Manto joined All India Radio in early 1941 and became acquainted with many writers working there such as Chiragh Hasan Hasrat, Akhtar Hussain Raipuri, Ansar Nasiri, Mahmud Nizami, Meeraji and Upendranath Ashk.

This proved to be his most productive period as in the next eighteen months he published over four collections of radio plays, Aao (Come), Manto ke Drame (Manto's Dramas), Janaze (Funerals) and Teen Auraten (Three women). He continued to write short stories and his next short story collection Dhuan (Smoke) was soon out followed by his first collection of topical essays, Manto ke Mazamin. This period culminated with the publication of his mixed collection Afsane aur Dramey in 1943. Meanwhile, due to growing differences with his colleagues at All India Radio, he left his job and returned to Bombay in July 1942 and again started working with film industry.

Return to Bombay (1942-1948)

Manto returned to Bombay in July 1942 and rejoined as the editor of Musawwir. During this time, he associated with his Aligarh friend Shaheed Latif and his wife Ismat Chughtai. In 1932, on Latif’s invitation he joined the Filmistan studio. Here he also formed friendship with Ashok Kumar and entered his best phase in screenwriting giving films like Aatth Din, Chal Chal Re Naujawan and Mirza Ghalib, which was finally released in 1954. He also wrote Shikari. Some of his short stories also came from this phase including Kaali Shalwar (1941), Dhuan (1941) and Bu (1945), which was published in Qaumi Jang (Bombay) in February 1945. Another highlight of his second phase in Bombay was the publication of a collection of his stories, Chugad, which also included the story 'Babu Gopinath'. Dissatisfied with the people at Filmistan, he joined the Bombay Talkies in 1947, after the partition of India.

Migration to Pakistan

As a resident of Bombay, Manto had intended to stay in India after partition. In 1948, his wife and children went to Lahore to visit their relatives and friends. During this time, as stories of the atrocities of partition riots reached him, in the midst of occasional communal riots in Mumbai itself, he decided to migrate to Pakistan, and left for it by ship. He stayed a few days in Karachi, finally settling at Lahore with his family. Manto and his family thus found themselves as "muhajirs" (refugees from India) and were among the millions of Muslims who left present-day India for the new Muslim-majority nation of Pakistan.

Life in Lahore

When Manto arrived in Lahore from Bombay, he associated with several intellectuals at Lahore's Pak Tea House. According to one commentator: "There was absolutely no external influence and people would share their opinions on any subject without fear even during the military dictators' regimes." In Lahore, Manto lived with his wife and family in an apartment in Lakshmi Building located in Lahore's famous Lakshmi Chowk (where many Film Distributors had offices) at the juncture of McLeod Road and Abbott Road, near today's Butt Karahi fast food restaurant. Lakshmi Building no longer exists as such but only its front or facade has been renovated and still faces McLeod Road. Lakshmi Building was abandoned during the partition riots of 1947-48 in Lahore. The mansion is currently dilapidated and uninhabited, though its façade still exists, renovated and painted. Later on, when Manto's financial situation went from bad to worse, he and his family moved in with his wife Mrs. Safia Manto's extended family. This was Manto's extended family as well including his relatives Film Director Masud Pervaiz and Cricket Commentator Hamid Jalal. Manto, Safia Manto and their three daughters all lived with their extended family in a large apartment in the posh LAKSHMI MANSION, an Apartment Complex situated between Hall Road and Beadon Road which had a circular enclosed green space with a Peepal Tree where the other Apartment residents included Mani Shankar Ayyar and the renowned Lahore jeweller Girdhari Lal. The three storied building was built by Lala Lajpat Rai's Lakshmi insurance company in 1938, inaugurated by Sarojini Naidu, and was at one time the residence of K.Santhanam, an eminent lawyer. Lakshmi Mansion still exists in Lahore and was never abandoned. Later residents have included a former Speaker of Pakistan's National Assembly and Pakistan Peoples Party stalwart Malik Meraj Khalid.

Death

Manto's grave at Miani Saheb graveyard in Lahore.

Manto had suffered public trials for writing obscene literature in the newly created and increasingly Islamized Pakistan. Sessions Judge Munir presided over Manto's last trial in Lahore and he is the infamous judge who later became Justice Munir, Pakistan Supreme Court and who invented the Doctrine of Necessity alias Nazria e Zaroorat in later years to buttress Martial Law in Pakistan. In this trial in Lahore against Manto, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, M.D. Taseer and many Literary Celebrities testified in favor of Manto. Manto's trial ended with a warning from Sessions Judge Munir that he was being let off easy with just a fine but would be sent to jail for many years if he did not stop writing his provocative Short Stories. So, Manto could not write his novel and cutting edge short stories and could not return to India because of extreme prejudice against him and all Muslim writers in newly independent India. Manto sank into a depression. He tried to alleviate his depression with alcohol and this started affecting his liver and led to cirrhosis of liver with him vomiting blood. His wife and relatives tried admitting him into Lahore Mental Asylum on Jail Road, Lahore which was the rehab clinic for alcoholics at that time. This treatment did not work. Manto returned to Lakshami Mansions, Beadon Road near Mall Road. Soon he had become increasingly alcoholic, which eventually led to cirrhosis of the liver. He died on 18 January 1955, at Lakshami Mansions, Lahore. His death was attributed to the effects of alcoholism.

Manto is buried in Miani Saheb graveyard in Lahore. In 1954 he composed his own epitaph:

Here lies Saadat Hasan Manto. With him lie buried all the arts and mysteries of short story writing . . . Under tons of earth he lies, wondering who of the two is the greater short story writer: God or he.

However, on the insistence of his family it was replaced by an alternative epitaph on his grave, which was also authored by him, inspired by a couplet from Ghalib:

This is the grave of Saadat Hasan Manto, who still thinks his name was not the repeated word on the tablet of time.”

On 26 April 1939, Manto married Safia Begum. Their first child Arif died at a young age in April 1941 in Delhi. Later they had three daughters Nighat Manto, Nuzhat Manto and Nusrat Manto. His daughter Nighat Bashir still lives at Lakshami Mansions, Beadon Road where Manto breathed his last.

Manto chronicled the chaos that prevailed, during and after the Partition of India in 1947. Manto strongly opposed the partition of India, which he saw as an "overwhelming tragedy" and "maddeningly senseless". He started his literary career translating the works of Victor Hugo, Oscar Wilde and Russian writers such as Chekhov and Gorky. His first story was "Tamasha", based on the Jallianwala Bagh massacre at Amritsar. Though his earlier works, influenced by the progressive writers of his times, showed a marked leftist and socialist leanings, his later work progressively became stark in portraying the darkness of the human psyche, as humanist values progressively declined around the Partition.

"A writer picks up his pen only when his sensibility is hurt."
-- Manto to a court judge

His final works, which grew from the social climate and his own financial struggles, reflected an innate sense of human impotency towards darkness and contained satire that verged on dark comedy, as seen in his final work, Toba Tek Singh. It not only showed the influence of his own demons, but also that of the collective madness that he saw in the ensuing decade of his life. To add to it, his numerous court cases and societal rebukes deepened his cynical view of society, from which he felt isolated. No part of human existence remained untouched or taboo for him, he sincerely brought out stories of prostitutes and pimps alike, just as he highlighted the subversive sexual slavery of the women of his times. To many contemporary women writers, his language portrayed reality and provided them with the dignity they long deserved. He is still known for his scathing insight into human behaviour as well as revelation of the macabre animalistic nature of the enraged people, that stands out amidst the brevity of his prose.

"We’ve been hearing this for some time now — Save India from this, save it from that. The fact is that India needs to be saved from the people who say it should be saved.
-- Manto

At least one commentator compares Saadat Hasan Manto to D. H. Lawrence, partly because he wrote about taboos of Indo-Pakistani Society. His concerns on the socio-political issues, from local to global are revealed in his series, Letters to Uncle Sam, and those to Pandit Nehru. On his writing he often commented, "If you find my stories dirty, the society you are living in is dirty. With my stories, I only expose the truth".

Conservative critique: charge for obscenity

Manto faced trial for obscenity in his writings, three times in British India before 1947 (‘Dhuan’, ‘Bu’ and ‘Kali Shalwar’) and three times in Pakistan after 1947 (‘Khol Do’, ‘Thanda Gosht’ and ‘Upar Neeche Darmiyaan’) under section 292 of the Indian Penal Code (by the British Government) and the Pakistan Penal Code in Pakistan’s early years. He was fined only in one case. Regarding the charges of obscenity he opined, "I am not a pornographer but a story writer".

Progressive critique: migration to Pakistan

While the conservative or right-wing section of the society criticised him on moral grounds, the progressives or Marxists and leftists criticised him for ideological reasons, namely for his migration to Pakistan and embrace of Pakistani nationalism, Manto then being championed by traditional minded literary critics such as Hasan Askari and Mumtaz Shirin.

Manto was a writer whose life story became a subject of intense discussion and introspection. During the last two decades, many stage productions were done to present his character in conflict with the harsh socio-economic realities of the post-partition era. Danish Iqbal's stage Play Ek Kutte Ki Kahani presented Manto in a new perspective on occasion of his birth centenary.

On 18 January 2005, the fiftieth anniversary of his death, Manto was commemorated on a Pakistani postage stamp. On 14 August 2012 which is Pakistan's Independence Day, Saadat Hasan Manto was posthumously awarded the Nishan-e-Imtiaz award (Distinguished Service to Pakistan Award) by the Government of Pakistan.

In 2015, Pakistani actor and director Sarmad Khoosat made and released a movie, Manto, based on the life of Manto. In 2018, the British Broadcasting Corporation named the work Toba Tek Singh among the 100 stories that shaped the world, alongside works by authors like Homer and Virginia Woolf.

The 2018 film Manto, made by Nandita Das and starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, is a Bollywood film based on the life of Manto.

On 11 May 2020, Google celebrated his 108th birthday with a Google Doodle.

  • Rusi Afsanay (Russian Stories) - translated collection of Russian short stories
  • Atish Paray (Nuggets of Fire) – 1936 آتش پارے - short stories collection
  • Manto Ke Afsanay (Stories of Manto) – 1940 منٹو کے افسانے - short stories collection
  • Aao (Come) - 1940 - radio play collection
  • Dhuan (Smoke) – 1941 دُھواں - short stories collection
  • Janaze (Funerals) - 1942 - radio play collection
  • Teen Auraten (Three women) - 1942 - radio play collection
  • Afsane Aur Dramay (Fiction and Drama) – 1943 افسانے اور ڈرامے - collection of stories and radio plays
  • Manto ke Drame (Manto's Dramas) - radio play collection
  • Chugad (Blind Fool)– چُغد - short stories collection
  • Khol Do (Open It) – 1948 کھول دو
  • Lazzat-e-Sang – 1948 (The Taste of Rock) لذتِ سنگ
  • Siyah Hashiye – 1948 (Black Borders) سیاہ حاشیہ
  • Badshahat Ka Khatimah (The End of Kingship) – 1950 بادشاہت کا خاتمہ
  • Khali Botlein (Empty Bottles) – 1950 خالی بوتلیں
  • Loud Speaker (Sketches) لاؤڈ سپیکر
  • Ganjey Farishtey (Sketches) گنجے فرشتے
  • Manto ke Mazameen منٹو کے مضا مین
  • Nimrud Ki Khudai (Nimrod The God) – 1950 نمرود کی خُدائی
  • Thanda Gosht (Cold Meat) – 1950 ٹھنڈا گوشت
  • Yazid – 1951 یزید
  • Pardey Ke Peechhey (Behind The Curtains) – 1953 پردے کے پیچھے
  • Sarak Ke Kinarey (By the Roadside) – 1953 سڑک کے کنارے
  • Baghair Unwan Ke (Without a Title) – 1954 بغیر عنوان کے
  • Baghair Ijazit (Without Permission) – 1955 بغیر اجازت
  • Toba Tek Singh – 1955 ٹوبہ ٹیک سنگھ
  • Burquey – 1955 بُرقعے
  • Phunduney (Tassles) – 1955 پھندنے
  • Sarkandon Ke Peechhey (Behind The Reeds) – 1955 سرکنڈوں کے پیچھے
  • Shaiytan (Satan) – 1955 شیطان
  • Shikari Auratein (Hunter Women) – 1955 شکاری عورتیں
  • Ratti, Masha, Tolah – 1956 رتی ماشہ تولہ
  • Kaali Shalwar (Black Pants) – 1961 کالی شلوار
  • Manto Ki Behtareen Kahanian (Best Stories of Manto) – 1963 منٹو کی بہترین کہانیاں
  • Tahira Se Tahir (From Tahira to Tahir) – 1971 طاہرہ سے طاہر
  • Mottled Dawn: Fifty Sketches and Stories of Partition - 1997
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  • Dozakhnama - A Novel: A biography of Manto and Ghalib and history of Indian culture combined into one by Rabisankar Bal, translated by Arunava Sinha. Random House India.
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  2. Alter, Stephen; ﺃﻟﺘﺮ, ﺳﺘﻴﭭﻦ (1994). "Madness and Partition: The Short Stories of Saadat Hasan Manto / ﺍﻟﺠﻨﻮﻥ ﻭﺍﻟﺘﻘﺴﻴﻢ : ﻗﺼﺺ ﺳﻌﺎﺩﺕ ﺣﺴﻦ ﻣﻨﺘﻮ ﺍﻟﻘﺼﻴﺮﺓ". Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics (14): 91–100. JSTOR 521767.
  3. Bal, Rabishankar (2 December 2012). Dozakhnama. India: Random House India. p. 544. ISBN 9788184003086.

Saadat Hasan Manto
Saadat Hasan Manto Article Talk Language Watch Edit Saadat Hasan Manto m ɑː n t ɒ Urdu سعادت حسن منٹو pronounced seˈaːd et ˈɦesen ˈmeɳʈoː 11 May 1912 18 January 1955 was a writer playwright and author born in Ludhiana active in British India and later after the Partition of India in Pakistan 2 3 4 NI Saadat Hasan MantoNative nameسعادت حسن منٹوBorn 1912 05 11 11 May 1912 Samrala Punjab British IndiaDied18 January 1955 1955 01 18 aged 42 Lahore Punjab PakistanOccupationNovelist playwright essayist screenwriter short story writerNationalityIndian 1912 1948 Pakistani 1948 1955 Period1934 1955GenreDrama nonfiction satire screenplays personal correspondenceNotable worksToba Tek Singh Thanda Gosht Bu Khol Do Kaali Shalwar HattakNotable awardsNishan e Imtiaz Award Order of Excellence in 2012 posthumous RelativesMasud Pervaiz d 2001 1 Abid Hassan Minto Ayesha Jalal Writing mainly in Urdu he produced 22 collections of short stories a novel five series of radio plays three collections of essays and two collections of personal sketches His best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics 5 6 Manto was known to write about the bitter truths of society that no one dared to talk about He is best known for his stories about the partition of India which he opposed immediately following independence in 1947 7 8 Manto was tried for obscenity six times thrice before 1947 in British India and thrice after independence in 1947 in Pakistan but was never convicted 9 He is acknowledged as one of the finest 20th century Urdu writers and is the subject of two biographical films Manto directed by Sarmad Khoosat and the 2018 film Manto directed by Nandita Das 10 Contents 1 Biography 1 1 Early life 1 2 Education and early career 1 3 Career in Bombay 1937 1941 1 4 In Delhi 1941 1942 1 5 Return to Bombay 1942 1948 1 6 Migration to Pakistan 1 7 Life in Lahore 1 8 Death 2 Personal life 3 Writings 4 Controversies 4 1 Conservative critique charge for obscenity 4 2 Progressive critique migration to Pakistan 5 Legacy 6 Bibliography 7 References 8 Cited sources 9 Further reading 10 External linksBiography EditEarly life Edit Saadat Hassan Manto was born in Paproudi village of Samrala in the Ludhiana district of the Punjab in a Muslim family of barristers on 11 May 1912 11 He belonged to a Kashmiri trading family that had settled in Amritsar in the early nineteenth century and taken up legal profession His father Khwaja Ghulam Hasan was a session judge of a local court His mother Sardar Begum had a Pathan ancestry and was the second wife of his father 12 Ethnically a Kashmiri he was proud of his roots In a letter to Pandit Nehru he suggested that being beautiful was the second meaning of being Kashmiri 13 14 Education and early career Edit He received his early education at a Muslim High School at Amritsar where he twice failed his matriculation examination 15 In 1931 he got admitted to the Hindu Sabha College but dropped out after first year due to poor results 16 The big turning point in his life came in 1933 at age 21 when he met Abdul Bari Alig a scholar and polemic writer who encouraged him to find his true talents and read Russian and French authors 17 Bari also encouraged Manto to translate Victor Hugo s The Last Day of a Condemned Man into Urdu which was later published by Urdu Book Stall Lahore as Sarguzasht e Aseer A Prisoner s Story 18 He then translated Oscar Wilde s Vera into Urdu in 1934 19 He published his first original story in Urdu Tamasha Spectacle under a pseudonym in Abdul Bari Alig s Urdu newspaper Khalq Creation It was based on the Jallianwala Bagh massacre 20 During this period he contributed to the daily newspaper Musawat Equality and Ehsan Kindness both published from Amritsar 20 He also edited and translated Russian and French stories for the journals Alamgir and Humayun 21 22 On Bari s encouragement these Russian stories were then published in Lahore under the title Rusi Afsanay Russian Stories The collection included stories from Tolstoy Gorky and Chekhov and two of Manto s original stories Tamasha Spectacle and Mahigir Fisherman 22 This heightened enthusiasm pushed Manto to pursue graduation at Aligarh Muslim University which he joined in July 1934 and soon got associated with the literary circle who would later become members of the Indian Progressive Writers Association IPWA 23 It was here that he met writer Ali Sardar Jafri and found a new spurt in his writing His second story Inqlaab Pasand was published in Aligarh magazine in March 1935 24 His education at Aligarh was cut short when nine months into joining the university he was diagnosed with tuberculosis He spent the next three months at a sanatorium at Batote in Kashmir to regain his health and then returned home to Amritsar 25 After a brief stay in Amritsar Manto moved to Lahore in search of employment and joined the newspaper Paras Philosopher s Stone In 1936 at Lahore he published his first collection of original short stories Atish Paray Nuggets of Fire 26 In late 1936 he moved to Bombay when he received an invitation to edit the weekly Mussawir Painter 26 Career in Bombay 1937 1941 Edit In Bombay Manto started his work as an editor of Mussawir along with Nazir Ludhianvi and the magazine Samaj Society He also started to write dialogues and scripts for the Hindi film industry working first for the Imperial Film Company and then for Saroj Movietone 27 His films during this period include the 1940 film Apni Nagariya 28 He wrote many radio plays including Ao Radio Sunen Come Let s Listen to Radio and Qalopatrah ki maut Cleopatra s Death 29 In Bombay he also came in contact with Progressive Writers Association and became friendly with progressive writers like Krishan Chander Rajinder Singh Bedi and Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi 29 In 1940 he published his second collection of short stories Manto Ke Afsanay Stories of Manto from Lahore 30 In August 1940 he was dismissed from the editorship of Musawwir and started working for another magazine called Karwan Caravan at a lower salary Dissatisfied in his work he applied to Krishan Chander for a job with All India Radio in Delhi Subsequently he moved to Delhi in January 1941 and accepted the job of writing for Urdu Service of All India Radio 31 In Delhi 1941 1942 Edit Manto joined All India Radio in early 1941 and became acquainted with many writers working there such as Chiragh Hasan Hasrat Akhtar Hussain Raipuri Ansar Nasiri Mahmud Nizami Meeraji and Upendranath Ashk 31 This proved to be his most productive period as in the next eighteen months he published over four collections of radio plays Aao Come Manto ke Drame Manto s Dramas Janaze Funerals and Teen Auraten Three women He continued to write short stories and his next short story collection Dhuan Smoke was soon out followed by his first collection of topical essays Manto ke Mazamin This period culminated with the publication of his mixed collection Afsane aur Dramey in 1943 32 Meanwhile due to growing differences with his colleagues at All India Radio he left his job and returned to Bombay in July 1942 and again started working with film industry 33 Return to Bombay 1942 1948 Edit Manto returned to Bombay in July 1942 and rejoined as the editor of Musawwir During this time he associated with his Aligarh friend Shaheed Latif and his wife Ismat Chughtai In 1932 on Latif s invitation he joined the Filmistan studio 31 Here he also formed friendship with Ashok Kumar 34 and entered his best phase in screenwriting giving films like Aatth Din Chal Chal Re Naujawan and Mirza Ghalib which was finally released in 1954 28 He also wrote Shikari Some of his short stories also came from this phase including Kaali Shalwar 1941 Dhuan 1941 and Bu 1945 which was published in Qaumi Jang Bombay in February 1945 Another highlight of his second phase in Bombay was the publication of a collection of his stories Chugad which also included the story Babu Gopinath 35 Dissatisfied with the people at Filmistan he joined the Bombay Talkies in 1947 after the partition of India 36 Migration to Pakistan Edit As a resident of Bombay Manto had intended to stay in India after partition In 1948 his wife and children went to Lahore to visit their relatives and friends During this time as stories of the atrocities of partition riots reached him in the midst of occasional communal riots in Mumbai itself he decided to migrate to Pakistan and left for it by ship 36 He stayed a few days in Karachi finally settling at Lahore with his family 37 Manto and his family thus found themselves as muhajirs refugees from India and were among the millions of Muslims who left present day India for the new Muslim majority nation of Pakistan 38 Life in Lahore Edit When Manto arrived in Lahore from Bombay he associated with several intellectuals at Lahore s Pak Tea House According to one commentator There was absolutely no external influence and people would share their opinions on any subject without fear even during the military dictators regimes 39 In Lahore Manto lived with his wife and family in an apartment in Lakshmi Building located in Lahore s famous Lakshmi Chowk where many Film Distributors had offices at the juncture of McLeod Road and Abbott Road near today s Butt Karahi fast food restaurant 40 Lakshmi Building no longer exists as such but only its front or facade has been renovated and still faces McLeod Road Lakshmi Building was abandoned during the partition riots of 1947 48 in Lahore The mansion is currently dilapidated and uninhabited though its facade still exists renovated and painted 41 42 Later on when Manto s financial situation went from bad to worse he and his family moved in with his wife Mrs Safia Manto s extended family This was Manto s extended family as well including his relatives Film Director Masud Pervaiz and Cricket Commentator Hamid Jalal Manto Safia Manto and their three daughters all lived with their extended family in a large apartment in the posh LAKSHMI MANSION an Apartment Complex situated between Hall Road and Beadon Road 43 which had a circular enclosed green space with a Peepal Tree where the other Apartment residents included Mani Shankar Ayyar and the renowned Lahore jeweller Girdhari Lal The three storied building was built by Lala Lajpat Rai s Lakshmi insurance company in 1938 inaugurated by Sarojini Naidu and was at one time the residence of K Santhanam an eminent lawyer 44 Lakshmi Mansion still exists in Lahore and was never abandoned Later residents have included a former Speaker of Pakistan s National Assembly and Pakistan Peoples Party stalwart Malik Meraj Khalid Death Edit Manto s grave at Miani Saheb graveyard in Lahore Manto had suffered public trials for writing obscene literature in the newly created and increasingly Islamized Pakistan Sessions Judge Munir presided over Manto s last trial in Lahore and he is the infamous judge who later became Justice Munir Pakistan Supreme Court and who invented the Doctrine of Necessity alias Nazria e Zaroorat in later years to buttress Martial Law in Pakistan In this trial in Lahore against Manto Faiz Ahmad Faiz M D Taseer and many Literary Celebrities testified in favor of Manto Manto s trial ended with a warning from Sessions Judge Munir that he was being let off easy with just a fine but would be sent to jail for many years if he did not stop writing his provocative Short Stories So Manto could not write his novel and cutting edge short stories and could not return to India because of extreme prejudice against him and all Muslim writers in newly independent India Manto sank into a depression He tried to alleviate his depression with alcohol and this started affecting his liver and led to cirrhosis of liver with him vomiting blood His wife and relatives tried admitting him into Lahore Mental Asylum on Jail Road Lahore which was the rehab clinic for alcoholics at that time This treatment did not work Manto returned to Lakshami Mansions Beadon Road near Mall Road Soon he had become increasingly alcoholic which eventually led to cirrhosis of the liver He died on 18 January 1955 at Lakshami Mansions Lahore His death was attributed to the effects of alcoholism 45 Manto is buried in Miani Saheb graveyard in Lahore In 1954 he composed his own epitaph 46 Here lies Saadat Hasan Manto With him lie buried all the arts and mysteries of short story writing Under tons of earth he lies wondering who of the two is the greater short story writer God or he However on the insistence of his family it was replaced by an alternative epitaph on his grave which was also authored by him inspired by a couplet from Ghalib 46 This is the grave of Saadat Hasan Manto who still thinks his name was not the repeated word on the tablet of time Personal life EditOn 26 April 1939 Manto married Safia Begum 47 Their first child Arif died at a young age in April 1941 in Delhi 47 Later they had three daughters Nighat Manto Nuzhat Manto and Nusrat Manto His daughter Nighat Bashir still lives at Lakshami Mansions Beadon Road where Manto breathed his last 48 Writings EditManto chronicled the chaos that prevailed during and after the Partition of India in 1947 49 50 Manto strongly opposed the partition of India which he saw as an overwhelming tragedy and maddeningly senseless 7 51 He started his literary career translating the works of Victor Hugo Oscar Wilde and Russian writers such as Chekhov and Gorky His first story was Tamasha based on the Jallianwala Bagh massacre at Amritsar 35 Though his earlier works influenced by the progressive writers of his times showed a marked leftist and socialist leanings his later work progressively became stark in portraying the darkness of the human psyche as humanist values progressively declined around the Partition 50 52 A writer picks up his pen only when his sensibility is hurt 49 Manto to a court judge His final works which grew from the social climate and his own financial struggles reflected an innate sense of human impotency towards darkness and contained satire that verged on dark comedy as seen in his final work Toba Tek Singh 53 It not only showed the influence of his own demons but also that of the collective madness that he saw in the ensuing decade of his life To add to it his numerous court cases and societal rebukes deepened his cynical view of society from which he felt isolated 54 No part of human existence remained untouched or taboo for him he sincerely brought out stories of prostitutes and pimps alike just as he highlighted the subversive sexual slavery of the women of his times 55 To many contemporary women writers his language portrayed reality and provided them with the dignity they long deserved 56 He is still known for his scathing insight into human behaviour as well as revelation of the macabre animalistic nature of the enraged people that stands out amidst the brevity of his prose 49 We ve been hearing this for some time now Save India from this save it from that The fact is that India needs to be saved from the people who say it should be saved 57 Manto At least one commentator compares Saadat Hasan Manto to D H Lawrence partly because he wrote about taboos of Indo Pakistani Society 58 His concerns on the socio political issues from local to global are revealed in his series Letters to Uncle Sam and those to Pandit Nehru 49 On his writing he often commented If you find my stories dirty the society you are living in is dirty With my stories I only expose the truth 59 Controversies EditConservative critique charge for obscenity Edit Manto faced trial for obscenity in his writings three times in British India before 1947 Dhuan Bu and Kali Shalwar and three times in Pakistan after 1947 Khol Do Thanda Gosht and Upar Neeche Darmiyaan under section 292 of the Indian Penal Code by the British Government and the Pakistan Penal Codein Pakistan s early years 60 He was fined only in one case Regarding the charges of obscenity he opined I am not a pornographer but a story writer 61 Progressive critique migration to Pakistan Edit While the conservative or right wing section of the society criticised him on moral grounds the progressives or Marxists and leftists criticised him for ideological reasons namely for his migration to Pakistan and embrace of Pakistani nationalism Manto then being championed by traditional minded literary critics such as Hasan Askari and Mumtaz Shirin 62 Legacy EditManto was a writer whose life story became a subject of intense discussion and introspection 63 During the last two decades many stage productions were done to present his character in conflict with the harsh socio economic realities of the post partition era Danish Iqbal s stage Play Ek Kutte Ki Kahani presented Manto in a new perspective on occasion of his birth centenary On 18 January 2005 the fiftieth anniversary of his death Manto was commemorated on a Pakistani postage stamp 17 On 14 August 2012 which is Pakistan s Independence Day Saadat Hasan Manto was posthumously awarded the Nishan e Imtiaz award Distinguished Service to Pakistan Award by the Government of Pakistan 64 In 2015 Pakistani actor and director Sarmad Khoosat made and released a movie Manto based on the life of Manto 65 In 2018 the British Broadcasting Corporation named the work Toba Tek Singh among the 100 stories that shaped the world alongside works by authors like Homer and Virginia Woolf 66 The 2018 film Manto made by Nandita Das and starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui is a Bollywood film based on the life of Manto 67 On 11 May 2020 Google celebrated his 108th birthday with a Google Doodle 68 Bibliography EditRusi Afsanay Russian Stories translated collection of Russian short stories Atish Paray Nuggets of Fire 1936 آتش پارے short stories collection Manto Ke Afsanay Stories of Manto 1940 منٹو کے افسانے short stories collection Aao Come 1940 radio play collection Dhuan Smoke 1941 د ھواں short stories collection Janaze Funerals 1942 radio play collection Teen Auraten Three women 1942 radio play collection Afsane Aur Dramay Fiction and Drama 1943 افسانے اور ڈرامے collection of stories and radio plays Manto ke Drame Manto s Dramas radio play collection Chugad Blind Fool چ غد short stories collection Khol Do Open It 1948 کھول دو Lazzat e Sang 1948 The Taste of Rock لذت سنگ Siyah Hashiye 1948 Black Borders سیاہ حاشیہ Badshahat Ka Khatimah The End of Kingship 1950 بادشاہت کا خاتمہ Khali Botlein Empty Bottles 1950 خالی بوتلیں Loud Speaker Sketches لاؤڈ سپیکر Ganjey Farishtey Sketches گنجے فرشتے Manto ke Mazameen منٹو کے مضا مین Nimrud Ki Khudai Nimrod The God 1950 نمرود کی خ دائی Thanda Gosht Cold Meat 1950 ٹھنڈا گوشت Yazid 1951 یزید Pardey Ke Peechhey Behind The Curtains 1953 پردے کے پیچھے Sarak Ke Kinarey By the Roadside 1953 سڑک کے کنارے Baghair Unwan Ke Without a Title 1954 بغیر عنوان کے Baghair Ijazit Without Permission 1955 بغیر اجازت Toba Tek Singh 1955 ٹوبہ ٹیک سنگھ Burquey 1955 ب رقعے Phunduney Tassles 1955 پھندنے Sarkandon Ke Peechhey Behind The Reeds 1955 سرکنڈوں کے پیچھے Shaiytan Satan 1955 شیطان Shikari Auratein Hunter Women 1955 شکاری عورتیں Ratti Masha Tolah 1956 رتی ماشہ تولہ Kaali Shalwar Black Pants 1961 کالی شلوار Manto Ki Behtareen Kahanian Best Stories of Manto 1963 منٹو کی بہترین کہانیاں Tahira Se Tahir From Tahira to Tahir 1971 طاہرہ سے طاہر Mottled Dawn Fifty Sketches and Stories of Partition 1997References Edit Jalal Ayesha 2013 The Pity of Partition Manto s Life Times and Work across the India Pakistan Divide Princeton University Press p 216 ISBN 978 1400846689 A writer of fierce candour The Economist 14 May 2012 So What do We do About Manto Who Was Neither Indian nor Pakistani Dareechah e Nigaarish Saadat Hasan Manto 1912 1955 Dareechah com Retrieved 19 September 2018 Saadat Hasan Manto Penguin Books India Archived from the original on 30 March 2016 The Storyteller Saadat Hasan Manto May 11 1912 January 18 1955 Dawn 6 May 2012 Retrieved 18 March 2016 a b Manzoor Sarfraz 11 June 2016 Saadat Hasan Manto He anticipated where Pakistan would go The Guardian Retrieved 2 March 2019 The partition was brutal and bloody and to Saadat Hasan Manto a Muslim journalist short story author and Indian film screenwriter living in Bombay it appeared maddeningly senseless Manto was already an established writer before August 1947 but the stories he would go on to write about partition would come to cement his reputation Manto had been implacably opposed to partition and had refused to go to the newly formed Pakistan Mehta Suketu 8 May 2014 Pearls of Regret The New York Times Retrieved 30 March 2017 Saadat Hasan Manto s 104th birth anniversary Facts about the best short story writer in South Asia India Today 11 May 2016 Retrieved 14 September 2018 Thakur Tanul 21 September 2018 Manto Is an Unflinching Account of a Man s Descent Into Paranoia The Wire Retrieved 14 January 2019 Jalal 2013a p 29 Jalal 2013a pp 29 30 Reeck Matt Ahmad Aftab 2012 Bombay Stories Random House India ISBN 9788184003611 He claimed allegiance not only to his native Punjab but also to his ancestors home in Kashmir While raised speaking Punjabi he was also proud of the remnants of Kashmiri culture that his family maintained food customs as well as intermarriage with families of Kashmiri origin and throughout his life he assigned special importance to others who had Kashmiri roots In a tongue in cheek letter addressed to Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru he went so far as to suggest that being beautiful was the second meaning of being Kashmiri Pandita Rahul 2013 Our Moon Has Blood Clots The Exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits Random House India ISBN 9788184003901 By virtue of his disposition temperament features and his spirit Manto remains a Kashmiri Pandit Flemming 1985 pp 3 4 Flemming 1985 p 4 a b Saadat Hasan Manto 1912 1955 Men of Letters Pakistan Post Archived from the original on 25 December 2017 Flemming 1985 pp 4 5 Flemming 1985 p 5 a b Flemming 1985 p 6 Jalil 2014 p 310 a b Flemming 1985 p 36 Flemming 1985 pp 6 7 Jalal 2013a p 50 Flemming 1985 p 7 a b Flemming 1985 pp 7 8 Flemming 1985 pp 8 9 a b Hashmi 2012 p 12 a b Flemming 1985 p 10 Flemming 1985 p 41 a b c Flemming 1985 p 11 Flemming 1985 p 13 Flemming 1985 p 14 Flemming 1985 p 15 a b Dutt Sharad 10 May 2005 ब र स टर क ब ट स ल खक ह न तक in Hindi BBC Hindi Retrieved 18 March 2016 a b Flemming 1985 p 16 Flemming 1985 p 17 Manto Saadat Hasan Ganjay Farishtay p 190 Retrieved 4 September 2015 Hussain Abid 19 March 2015 Not everyone s cup of tea The Herald Retrieved 6 September 2015 Das Nandita 7 April 2015 Lahore s charm is distinct Nandita Das falls in love with the walled city Dawn Retrieved 16 January 2019 Damohi Usman Karachi Tareekh ke aayiney meain Balouch Akhtar 14 December 2013 Manto s Lakshmi Dawn Retrieved 16 January 2019 Mohsin Jugnu Migration and the Manto Family WatchNa YouTube Archived from the original on 22 December 2021 Retrieved 15 September 2021 Das Nandita 6 April 2015 Lahore diary If you haven t seen Lahore you haven t even been born Scroll Retrieved 16 January 2019 Farooq Mohammad 18 January 2018 Saadat Hasan Manto the family man Live Mint Retrieved 27 December 2018 a b Jalal 2013a p 210 a b Jalal 2013a p 108 Rehman Noor Ur 14 August 2018 Lakshmi Mansion Now A Decrepit Void Charcoal and gravel Retrieved 16 January 2019 a b c d Social and Political World View of Saadat Hasan Manto Kashmir Sentinel Retrieved 18 March 2016 a b Chatterjee Aparna Saadat Hasan Manto A Profile Boloji com Archived from the original on 30 July 2017 Bhalla Alok 1997 Life and works of Saadat Hasan Manto Indian Institute of Advanced Study p 113 One can however assert that the finest short stories about the period were written by Saadat Hasan Manto For him the partition was an overwhelming tragedy A short story by Sadat Hasan Manto A Biographical Sketch Mahfil 1 1 12 1963 Retrieved 18 March 2016 Manto s undivided people amp divided us The Tribune 6 September 2015 Retrieved 18 March 2016 Some Closing Thoughts on Saadat Hasan Manto s Centenary Pak Tea House 19 December 2012 Retrieved 18 March 2016 Manto Saadat Hasan 2008 Bitter Fruit The Very Best of Saadat Hasan Manto Penguin Books ISBN 978 0143102175 Retrieved 18 March 2016 Shani Sufia 10 May 2005 औरत क इ स न क र प म प श क य in Hindi BBC Hindi Retrieved 18 March 2016 Manto s Anna Hazare moment Who will save India Living News Firstpost Firstpost 28 February 2013 Retrieved 26 November 2020 Shani Sufia 10 May 2005 प र म ण क र प स ल खन व ल क र त क र कथ क र in Hindi BBC Hindi Retrieved 18 March 2016 Manto Saadat Hasan 10 May 2005 म क य ल खत ह in Hindi BBC Hindi Retrieved 18 March 2016 Tariq Bashir 20 March 2015 Sentence First Verdict Afterwards The Friday Times Retrieved 20 February 2017 Jalal Ayesha 2013 The Pity of Partition Manto s Life Times and Work across the India Pakistan Divide Princeton University Press p 109 ISBN 978 1400846689 Parekh Rauf 4 March 2008 Mumtaz Shirin amp movement for Pakistani literature Dawn News Retrieved 17 January 2021 Tributes paid to Manto Dawn 11 May 2012 Retrieved 19 January 2016 Abida Parveen Aleem Dar among winners Posthumous awards for Manto Mehdi Hassan Dawn 14 August 2012 Retrieved 12 August 2015 Jalil Xari 8 September 2015 Behind the scenes How Manto the movie came about Dawn Retrieved 19 January 2016 The 100 stories that shaped the world BBC Culture 22 May 2018 Retrieved 22 May 2018 Look who s playing Nawazuddin Siddiqui s friend in Manto DNA 25 February 2017 Retrieved 16 May 2018 Saadat Hasan Manto s 108th Birthday Google 11 May 2020 Cited sources EditFlemming Leslie A 1985 Another Lonely Voice The Life and Works of Saadat Hassan Manto Vanguard Books Hashmi Ali Madeeh 2012 Manto A Psychological Portrait Social Scientist 40 11 12 5 15 ISSN 0970 0293 JSTOR 23338866 Jalil Rakhshanda 2014 Liking Progress Loving Change A Literary History of the Progressive Writers Movement in Urdu Oxford University Press ISBN 978 0 19 809673 3 Jalal Ayesha 2013a The Pity of Partition Manto s Life Times and Work across the India Pakistan Divide Princeton University Press ISBN 978 1 4008 4668 9 Further reading EditManto Naama by Jagdish Chander Wadhawan 1998 Roli Books Manto Naama The Life of Saadat Hasan Manto English translation of the above by Jai Ratan 1998 Roli Books Life and Works of Saadat Hasan Manto by Alok Bhalla 1997 Indian Institute of Advanced Study ISBN 81 85952 48 5 The Life and Works of Saadat Hasan Manto Introduction by Leslie Flemming trans by Tahira Naqvi Lahore Pakistan Vanguard Books Ltd 1985 Another Lonely Voice The Urdu Short Stories of Saadat Hasan Manto by Leslie A Flemming Berkeley Centre for South and South east Asian Studies University of California 1979 1 Madness and Partition The Short Stories of Saadat Hasan Manto Stephen Alter Journal of Comparative Poetics No 14 Madness and Civilization al Junun wa al Hadarah 1994 pp 91 100 2 Bitter Fruit The Very Best of Saadat Hassan Manto edited and tr by Khalid Hassan Penguin 2008 Naked Voices Stories and Sketches by Manto Ed and tr by Rakhshanda Jalil Indian Ink amp Roli Books 2008 Stars from Another Sky The Bombay Film World of the 1940s tr by Khalid Hasan Penguin India 2000 Manto Selected Stories tr by Aatish Taseer Vintage Random House India 2008 ISBN 81 84001 44 4 Pinglay Plumber Prachi 12 January 2015 Manto Bridge to Manto Bombay was about its people Outlook 55 1 72 73 Retrieved 6 January 2016 Dozakhnama A Novel A biography of Manto and Ghalib and history of Indian culture combined into one by Rabisankar Bal translated by Arunava Sinha Random House India 3 External links EditWorks by or about Saadat Hasan Manto at Internet Archive Works by Saadat Hasan Manto at Google Books Manto and his stories Saadat Hasan Manto at IMDb Toba Tek Singh Translated by Frances W Pritchett Saadat Hasan Manto Kavishala Sootradhar Memon Muhammad Umar 1981 Reviewed work Another Lonely Voice The Urdu Short Stories of Saadat Hasan Manto Leslie A Flemming The Journal of Asian Studies 40 3 627 629 doi 10 2307 2054591 JSTOR 2054591 Alter Stephen ﺃﻟﺘﺮ ﺳﺘﻴﭭﻦ 1994 Madness and Partition The Short Stories of Saadat Hasan Manto ﺍﻟﺠﻨﻮﻥ ﻭﺍﻟﺘﻘﺴﻴﻢ ﻗﺼﺺ ﺳﻌﺎﺩﺕ ﺣﺴﻦ ﻣﻨﺘﻮ ﺍﻟﻘﺼﻴﺮﺓ Alif Journal of Comparative Poetics 14 91 100 JSTOR 521767 Bal Rabishankar 2 December 2012 Dozakhnama India Random House India p 544 ISBN 9788184003086 Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Saadat Hasan Manto amp oldid 1061520645, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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