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Short stories from an eminent Urdu writer that chronicle human tragedy with a soft pen. Ashfaq Ahmed is a afsana master of words. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book.
One Love, a Hundred Tales, says the title. A rich kaleidoscope of short mohabbst that would be remembered for their sharply drawn characters and a vivid, pictorial quality to the prose that lends every emotion a concreteness – a sureness of footing – mohhabbat found in regular stuff that philosophises rather endlessly without making much sense under the licence of creative freedom, especially if one thinks of the ‘symbolism’ plague that infected Urdu prose for a couple of decades prior to Y2K.
But here One Love, a Hundred Tales, says the title. But here stories build themselves effortlessly from adsanay first line on till the last with a facility I have come to admire. His prose has a slightly unsettling, disruptive, vintage quality which bespeaks the black-and-white times in desi television history and made me yearn for ss films. Here I come YouTube! These aren’t really “love stories” as we know them, but plod through the shadows of tragedy lurking around the corner as an inseparable twin to the human emotion of love, in all its glorious variety.
Sometimes I get the impression that Ashfaq Ahmed is pitting the dark forces of humanity against its good ones – a Dostoevsky lite? I don’t think he’s been translated into English, moohabbat this review will interest readers of Urdu fiction only. Should then I have written these paras in Urdu?
Only if typing in Urdu on screen mohabat so darn painful.
Ek Mohabbat So Afsanay Ashfaq Ahmed
View all 41 comments. May 15, Muhammad Arqum rated it really liked it Shelves: I fasanay the art of short story telling and “ek mohabbat so afsanay” is a collection of short stories done right! Ashfaq Ahmed has a very unique way of drawing the readers into his stories with his vibrant descriptions and characters. The thing that I love about short stories in general is the fact that very thin outlines are enough to create characters that the readers begin to care about naturally but of course that requires serious craftsmanship which not everyone possesses All of the stories I love the art of short story telling and “ek mohabbat so mohabbwt is a collection of short stories done right!
The thing that I love about short stories in general is the fact that very thin outlines are enough to create characters that the readers begin to care about naturally but of course that requires serious craftsmanship which not everyone possesses All of the stories paint a picture of a certain type of love, therefore it is difficult to pick one out as a favorite.
I real liked “Ammi”, “shab khoon”, “Faheem”, “panahein” and “Talaash”. Anyone who has read this already should pick up “krishn chandar k shahkar afsanay” next. And for those who are yet to read it, please do it now!
View all 4 comments. Momina Masood rated aaik really liked it Mar 23, Aug 06, Muhammad Ahmed rated moohabbat it was amazing. Oct 24, Intizar Toori rated it liked it. Aug 17, Shabana Mukhtar rated it it was amazing Shelves: It makes for a difficult and slow read, mohavbat feels worth it. Review A collection of touching, moving and lovely stories of love, affection, and belonging.
This is written by Ashfaque Ahmed. Like many classics, almost the entire book can be quoted. He has a way of explaining the philosohpies of life in the most simple manner. Verdict Anything less than a 5 mkhabbat rating, would be unfair. Jul 19, Muneeb Salman rated it it was amazing Shelves: Absolutely beautiful collection of short stories.
However, I left last two stories for some later occassion. Plot of each story was twisty and poignant in the end. Baba, Ajeeb Badshah, Talaash and Shab khoon were my favorites, and first two left me with dry throat. This book is worth reading.
Apr 03, Maryem rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To mohxbbat it, click here. Nov 28, Huma marked it as to-read. Apr 05, Ali rated it it was amazing Shelves: Feb 21, Kashif Zafar added it. Aug 13, zain ul aabdin rated it really liked it Shelves: Jan 31, Shoaib Ahmed rated it really liked it Shelves: Great short stories by great person, teacher, mentor.
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Jul 24, Ayesha U rated it really liked it. None of the short stories in this anthology have a happy ending. Yet, what keeps one hooked to the book is Ashfaq Ahmed’s storytelling, his mastery of words.
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He authored several books in Urdu. His works included novels, short stories and plays for television and radio. He was awarded President’s Pride of Performance and Sitara-i-Imtiaz for meritorious services in the field of literature and broadcasting.
After Partition, when Ahmed arrived at the Walton refugee camp with millions of other migrants, he used to make announcements on a megaphone around the clock.
Later, he got a job in Radio Azad Kashmir, which was established on a truck that used to drive around in various parts of Kashmir. He then got lectureship at Dayal Singh College, Lahore for two years. Whereafter, he went to Rome to join Radio Rome as an Urdu newscaster. He also used to teach Urdu at Rome university. He also earned a special training diploma in radio broadcasting from New York University. He started writing stories in his childhood, which were published in Phool [Flower] magazine.
After returning to Pakistan from Europe, he took out his own monthly literary magazine, Dastaango [Story Teller], and joined Radio Pakistan as a script writer.
InAhmed started his popular radio program, Talqeen Shah [The Preacher] which made him immensely popular among the people in towns and villages. He remained with the board until Ahmed, in his later years of life, was greatly inclined towards Sufism. His close association with Qudrat Ullah Shahab and Mumtaz Mufti was also attributed to this tendency.
He used to appear in alk get together with his fans in PTV program Baittakh The Guest Room and Zaviya The Dimension where he gave afssnay but satisfying responses to each and every question posed by the youth audience.
On 7 SeptemberAshfaq Ahmed died of pancreatic cancer. He was laid to rest in a Model Town, Lahore. Books by Ashfaq Ahmed. Trivia About Aik Mohabbat Sau No trivia or quizzes yet. Just a moment while we sign you afsxnay to your Goodreads account.