The Quilt Background

The Quilt Background

Ismat Chughtai is a famous Urdu short story progressive writer who caused an uproar in her times. She was a writer in the realist tradition and didn't just capture the essence of the story, but the ethos of an entire social landscape at a particular time in history.

"The Quilt," or "Lihaaf," is a short story originally written in Urdu in 1942. This story led to much controversy due to the fact that it dealt with themes like homosexuality. In fact, the author was asked to apologize for having written this text, something that she refused to do.

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