In this book, the prominent poet and author Kishwar Naheed presents a fascinating account of Pakistan’s rich and varied cultural landscape. Being associated with Pakistan National Council of Arts as a Director General, she had the opportunity to closely observe the field of fine arts and to know the artists in both a personal and a professional capacity. Traversing literature, languages, arts, history, cuisine, rituals, sports, dress, and geography of the different provinces of Pakistan, this book is a commendable attempt at invoking all aspects of Pakistani culture and civilization.
Kishwar Naheed was born in Bulandshahr, North India, in 1940. After partition she shifted to Lahore where she was to become one of Pakistan’s foremost poets. Her first collection of verse, Lab-e Goya, was published in 1968 and earned her the Adamjee Literary Award. Her next two works of poetry, Benaam Musafaat and Galiyan, Dhooop, Darwaze, were published in 1971 and 1978 respectively. As the editor of Mah-e No, she had a number of essays, stories, and poems translated into Urdu. In additon to poetry, she has also written works of prose, including an abridged translation of Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex. Her autobiography, Buri Aurat ki Katha, however, remains her most famous work. She was awarded the honorary Sitara-e-Imtiaz and the Kamaal-e-Fan Award for her literary services.