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Qurratulain Hyder: Zindagi aur Fann
This book is about the life and writings of Qurratulain Hyder, one of the most influential Urdu novelists and short story writers, who was also an academic and a journalist. She is best known for her magnum opus, Aag Ka Darya (River of Fire), a novel first published in Urdu in 1959 from Lahore, Pakistan. This epic work stretches from the 4th century BC to after the partition of India. Popularly known as "Ainee Apa" among her friends and admirers, she was the daughter of the pioneering Urdu short story writer Sajjad Haidar Yildarim (1880–1943). Her mother, Nazar Zahra, who wrote at first as Bint-i-Nazrul Baqar and later as Nazar Sajjad Hyder (1894–1967), was also an author. Qurratulain Hyder received the 1967 Sahitya Akademi Award in Urdu for Patjhar Ki Awaz (Short stories), the 1989 Jnanpith Award for Akhir-e-Shab Ke Humsafar, and the highest award of the Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters, the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 1994. She also received the Padma Bhushan from the Government of India in 2005.
Dr Jameel Akhtar, a renowned literary personality of India and OUPP author, was born in Darbhanga, Bihar. He received a PhD in Urdu from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. He did his M Phil and MA also from JNU. He has authored over twenty- five books, such as Isharya Aaj Kal in two volumes, which is one of the first of its kind in Urdu. His Dictionary of Mass Media Terms, is again one of the first mass media lexicons in Urdu. His publictions include Kulliyat Qurratulain Hyder in four volumes, and Kulliyat Balwant Singh in eight volumes. Numerous articles by him have also appeared in different journals of India and Pakistan. The recipient of numeroud awards for his writings, Dr Akhtar has also been a regular broadcaster over All India Radio and has presented many programmes on TV as well. His previous book Andaz-e-Bayan Aur (Interview with Qurratulain Hyder) was published by OUP Pakistan in 2015.