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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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The cultural significance of Chughtais writing is evident on the page.


The heavy gold buttons of the kurta were open and swinging to one side. Your mother has left some dress material. Another one I remember is about CHoudhary the painter and his female muse who is a roadside urchin and how the story ends. Nonetheless, there is deviancy in the story. History of Indian Literature: Get back to sleep. Using an apt smile Chughtai describes it as applying leeches to a stone.

Like I said, it My, my. Then I heard two people whispering. Nothing is stated categorically, nothing inferred. And here was her daughter more scared of Begum Jan than of all the loafers in the world. In the midst of a beautiful description a single line immediately individualizes Begum Jan for us and at the same time alerts us to the fact that something might be amiss here. But Chughtai places a lihaaf or a quilt of vagueness and euphemism over her writing as she explores the homoerotic theme in her story.

Her body aches at every joint till our child narrator in all naivete offers to scratch her back. The narrator is a young girl of nine or ten and she begins immediately by recalling how Begum Jan had looked when she first saw her.

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With The Mole and The Homemakershe explores the neglected side of the orphaned young women who have use whatever leeway their social status provides, to notch up the quality existence. It is unable to provide Begum Jan with the warmth that she needed and none of its shadows on the wall held any promise for her. Understandably she does not even feel like dressing up wearing fine clothes for who was there to see and appreciate? The other maids were jealous of Rabbu. Her complexion was marble white without a speck of ruddiness.

The stories that grabbed me the most were the ones depedent on action an dialogue over prose. The invader being family.

THE QUILT by Ismat Chughtai | Kirkus Reviews

Oh God, who was this other person? I was then a small girl and fought all day with my brothers and their friends. One reason that Ismat herself located for this colloquial fhe of her stories was in the fact that she never could write in solitude. Long hair covered her temples.

If one were to consider the converse, it isn’t merely a matter of freudian infantile sexuality but what one means by the term children.

Mouse-like, I snuggled into my quilt. Well, writing such type of stories chuthtai s was really a brave act. There was a problem adding your email address. The stories I really liked were: Her cheeks began to glow and she blossomed in beauty.

Her face was scarred by small- pox.

The Quilt & Other Stories by Ismat Chughtai

And Begum Jaan here was more terrifying than all the loafers of the world. The innocence of the child on the one hand and the unspeakable goings on inside the lihaf on the other are thrown into high relief in the exchange that follows.


There was huge uproar at that time for the theme of this book, quuilt even got her summoned to the court on charges of obscenity.

No trivia or quizzes yet. The bewilderment of the child narrator is brought out effectively as she wonders at all this kneading and rubbing. Dedh Ishquiya seem to be inspired by this story. The story does not romanticize or prettify lesbianism or homosexuality.

By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Our curiosity is suitably aroused and we move quickly onward for the mystery to unravel.

It is rather sad that people often credit her only for her exploration of sexuality and breaking taboos when in reality she has done much more than that. Want to Read Is,at Reading Read. Her insightful, humorous, and mischevious eye for the intricate details of the subcontinent’s households seems chguhtai miss nothing. As a reader you feel drawn into the reality of her make believe world and offer comfort to a protagonist who has been treated unkindly.

Ismat Chughtai is a great writer, but this story does not do for me! He kept an open house for students — young, fair and slender-waisted boys whose expenses were borne by him. It was a sensitive rendering of a childhood experience whose correct import was understood by Ismat only after she matured into a woman herself.

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