Tasveeri Kahani Silsila: Allama Iqbal
Graphic Stories are a popular genre of writing in English as well as in many other languages, and popular in many countries. However, there were no locally produced graphic stories in Pakistan in English, Urdu, or any of the regional languages before the publication of Abdul Sattar Edhi. The rich pictorial presentation of text in this genre is fascinating for children, and effective in attracting reluctant readers to the world of books.
This graphic novel narrates the story of Pakistan’s national poet Dr Allama Iqbal. He is considered one of the most important figures in Urdu literature. The book covers the many facets of his personality—that of writer, barrister, philosopher, and leader. It recounts his political ideology, his vision of Pakistan, and the role his poems and writings played in the awakening of Muslims in the subcontinent.
Amina Azfar is a freelance editor, translator, and renowned author of children’s books in English and Urdu. She received the Mohammad Hasan Askari Award for the best translation work from the Pakistan Academy of Letters.