This is the first comprehensive and full-length interview of one of the most well-known Urdu novelists, Qurratulain Hyder. Intimate and free-wheeling, this extended dialogue between two prolific writers, Qurratulain Hyder and Jameel Akhter, highlights Hyder’s lesser known biographical details and creative aspects. This rare venture provides a panoramic view of what constitutes Qurratulain Hyder as it brings to light her other fields of interest such as music, journalism, film-making, and of course literature.
Dr Jameel Akhtar, a renowned literary personality from India, was born in Darbhanga, Bihar. He received a PhD in Urdu from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi. He also completed his MPhil and MA from JNU. He has published over 25 books and more than 50 articles in Pakistani and Indian journals. He has received the ‘Mujahid-e-Urdu Award’ from the Ghalib Cultural Academy, Bangalore (1989), the ‘C. I. Nepali Award’ from the C. I. Nepali Memorial Society, Delhi (2001), and the ‘Dr Jai Naindra Award’ from the Bharitya Sahitya Parishad, Delhi (2001). Dr Akhtar is also a radio and TV personality.
Durdana Soomro is a translator of repute, and has rendered many works from Urdu into English.