Demise of another literary pearl

AFTER the death of two legendary writers and intellectuals Intezar Hussain and Fatima Surraya Bajia in February last, Saturday was a sad day as yet another literary pearl Bano Qudsia, the famous playwright and writer, passed away at the age of 88. She in fact introduced a unique style of writing involving human emotions, psychology and scientific principles into a single genre. Her demise indeed has deprived the literary world of one of its illustrious and brightest ornaments. May her soul rest in eternal peace.
Spouse of well-known literary figure Ashfaq Ahmed. Bano Qudsia earned international recognition for her masterpiece Raja Gidh — a beautifully written creation that is rated amongst the classics in Urdu literature and has also been translated in other languages. Pia Naam Ka Dia, Dast Basta, Aik Din, Mard-i-Abresham, Amar Bail and Kooch Aur Nahi are some of the other famous novels she authored. Her literary work was a classic example of adherence and conformity to innovative and progressive thought. Qudsia also wrote several plays and television scripts in Urdu and Punjabi. She was recognised as a trendsetter in the realm of television plays and this is the reason that some of her masterpieces gained immense popularity not only in Pakistan but also across the border because of their vitality, warmth and courage. Whilst her celebrated work and services for promotion of Urdu literature will be remembered for many generations to come, her death has left a huge void in the literary field.

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