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SHORT STORY Lihaaf [The Quilt] O Ismat Chughtai Translated from Urdu by M. Asaduddin In the last issue of manushi, while reviewing Deepa Mehta’s Fire, we. Read this article to know about Lihaaf The Quilt summary by Ismat Chughtai. Lihaf is an Urdu short story that made Ismat Chughtai popular for its controversies . Ismat Chughtai’s Lihaaf challenged the conventional feminine qualities of obedience, abstinence and modesty in a patriarchal society and.

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Begum was gaining the glow that she lost. Pages using citations with format and no URL. The elephant started fluttering once again and it seemed as though it was trying to squat.

A purple shawl covered her feet as she sat in regal splendour, a veritable Maharani. She ate, sat and even slept with Begum Jaan! Volume 2 Chughtao Vidyun Sabhaney.

Why Is No One Talking About The Child Sexual Abuse In Chughtai’s Lihaaf?

This would not only increase our understanding of the story better but also warn readers from trivializing luhaf details of child chguhtai abuse.

Then Begum Jaan had a fit. She realised that I was wandering outdoors in the cold and might die of pneumonia! A strange fright overwhelmed me. The relationship that Rabbu has with Begum Jan might be seemingly homoerotic but it is not equitable. I thought she was going to chughtxi and rushed out of the room Usually Rabbu was the only person allowed to remain inside on such occasions.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply. In the coming decades it was widely anthologised, and became one of her most known works, besides Angarey which remained banned for several decades. Their relationship is then akin to a transaction as Rabbu is reduced to a pair of hands and Begum Jan is transformed into a sexual predator, merely feeding on her prey without reciprocating. Then came the slurping sound of a cat licking a plate Lihaaf gained Chughtai notoriety as well as the epithet of being a radical feminist author — almost putting her next in line to Rashid Jahan, who too had raised the ire of the general populace by writing about the oppression faced by women.


It seemed as though a large frog was inflating itself noisily and was chughtxi to leap on me. But sleep evaded me for hours. Often I wondered why the hell I was so aggressive. Her hands were cold like ice but clammy as though the skin ismag been stripped off. When I first saw Begum Jaan she was around forty. She was asked to apologize which she did not and also won the case, after her lawyer pointed out that the story makes no suggestion to a sexual act, and prosecution witnesses could not point out any obscene words, and the story is suggestive and ny from perspective of a small girl.

I tried to protest. That I was afraid of Begum Jaan? I stretched my leg nervously to the other side of the bed to grope for the switch and turned it on. Turning my face away from her I sipped my tea. cchughtai

Or was it when she watched through the drawing room door the increasing number of firm-calved, supple- waisted boys and delicacies begin to come for them from ksmat kitchen! What could I have said to anyone? Begum Jaan grew more and more irritable. Her husband, the Nawab, was much older than her and was thought to be extremely respectable for never having had any encounters with prostitutes.


Having married Begum Jaan he tucked her away in the house with his other possessions and promptly forgot her. Amma was taking so long to return from Agra!

Why Is No One Talking About The Child Sexual Abuse In Chughtai’s Lihaaf?

But this short story is narrated by a little girl from her point of view and there is no obscene language used in the story. I could neither scream nor cry.

Views Read Edit View history. Her eyes were ismatt and the elegantly-plucked eyebrows seemed like two bows spreading over the demure eyes. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Ismat chughtai’s lihaaf

The elephant inside the quilt heaved up and then sat down. Toxic monogamy culture displays signs of codependency which manifests in ways that have invariably toxic outcomes. Relatives, however, would come for visits and would stay for months while she remained a prisoner in the house. The little girl could not stay there any longer. One dresses up to impress people. A small bed was placed alongside hers.

I drew the quilt over my face and fell asleep. Even this daily massaging was not enough.