The The Quilt Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, The Quilt study guide contains a biography of Ismat Chughtai, literature. ‘Lihaaf’ or the ‘Quilt’ was written in and published some time later in in Adab-e-Latif. The story brought immediate notoriety to Ismat because the. 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.

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As soon as the children were caught eavesdropping they were shooed off, making them aware that this was a forbidden topic. The venom spewing, chughai rising, hysterical kind of anger that swallows any possibility of sense in a conversation or even in thought.

The lonely Begum starts to wither but is saved by Rabbo, her masseuse. Or did it start when she gave lsmat on amulets, talismans, black magic and other ways of retaining the love of her straying husband? Please provide an email address. At this the Begum throws a fit which transforms her from a gaudy, nauseatingly beautiful woman to a ghoulish nightmare. Then Begum Jaan had a fit.

I had never seen the parting of her hair crooked, nor a single hair out of place. The elephant started fluttering once again and it seemed as though it was trying to squat.

Apr 20, Hesper marked it as it-s-not-me-it-s-you Chugthai Memories come crowding in. Now, while comparing to this story, I find a lot of similarities between both of them. Her stories are so moving, profound, and quuilt. This punishment was much more severe than I deserved for fighting with my brothers. The short story was a cultural shock for its homoerotic overtones, creating a public uproar quit leading Ismat to a court trial for obscenity and endangering public morality. All of them are halfwits.


At times I could hardly bear it — the sight of Rabbu massaging or rubbing at all hours. While wedding guests heap praise on each bride’s beauty, it is assumed that pregnancy will soon make them fat and ungainly. The idea of a child inherently assumes a discontinuous mental and emotional growth. Having thus laid the ground for the action to take place Chughtai now takes us to that time in the past when the events of the story actually happened.

The chapter in history she wrote about gave her a purpose different from polishing her art. Gender, Nation and the Transition to Independence. Merely factual descriptions of observed reality are given along with hints and suggestions, which often leave things to the imagination of the reader.

She felt like throwing all her clothes into the oven. Begum Jaan had done a lot to help him out — bought him a shop, got him a job in the village.

So the incident slipped from my memory. Someone writing a story about homosexuality in the pre-independence years of India and Pakistan?

The Short Stories: Ismat Chughtai: The Quilt

Some imsat are crazy enough to cultivate interests like breeding pigeons and watching cockfights. Her stories were Spending a melancholic moody Monday evening in the company of Ismat Appa with “Quilt Lihaaf and other stories”. I went in, keeping my face turned away and ran out after doing the errand. Mouse-like, I snuggled into my quilt. Ismat Chughtai is a great writer, but this story does not do for me! He uses his wife as a cover for his own nefarious activities.

I tried to protest. Books by Ismat Chughtai. However, stories are pure gold.

THE QUILT by Ismat Chughtai | Kirkus Reviews

She was considered rather radical and was even taken to trial by the powers that were at the time for pornography, for THE QUILT, one of the short stories in this Ismat Chughtai was a forward-looking author in an era where “good women” were obedient, not in the world and forward looking. Something, which conceals and cloaks things so that one does not know what strong undercurrents, may lie beneath the apparently calm exterior.


Dedh Ishquiya seem to vhughtai inspired by this story. Such things did exist even chughti people turned a conveniently blind eye to them. My heart yearned in anguish for Amma. After some time she stopped and lay back exhausted. My own brothers and their puny, little friends! Then she began to shower me with affection.

The sexual exploitation of a child in the title story, The Quilt. Chughtai has written about the Lihaaf trial, a case that crumbled because the judge usmat not spot one obscene word in her story. Ofcourse this did not deter her isnat writing more bold stories.

(Paper-2) 20th Century Indian Writing

For the Nawab, Begum Jan is nothing more than a piece of furniture in his house. Knowing the Isjat we can only conjecture as to what might have happened to drive the young boy away but once again things are left at the level of suggestion and nothing is explicitly stated or described.

Thus she finds no solace anywhere and begins to lose sleep and health. Hameed is the one worth reading.

Recite the Ayatul kursi.