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. Lihaf-Hindi, Chughtai, Ismat – Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online. For example in a short story“ Lihaf‖ (The quilt) written in Ismat Chughtai created a fictional situation taken from life in middle-class families. She was able .

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Rasheed Amjad 1 Dr. Kanwal Feroze 1 Dr. I ismag and plunged into my bed. But it is soon revealed that it is because his interests lie in the other gender. A small bed was placed alongside hers. I was scared stiff.

Not given izmat playing martyr, she won the day by sheer guts and a charming sense of humour— all of which contributed as much as her bold writing to making her a famous and immensely popular literary heroine very early on in life.

At night, the great shadows formed by the quilt of Begum Jan and her odd behavior in the absence of Rabbo bring to light their hidden relationship, traumatising the narrator.


The creation of opposites and equivalents is the discourse marker in the text Lihaf and relies largely on the syntactic frames that set up these semantic possibilities. Her complexion was marble white without a speck of ruddiness.


You hurt my ribs. Everyone used to say that I was possessed by evil spirits.

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I jerked my hand away. Who bechari dubli patli nazuk si begum tanhai ki nam se ghulne lagin 2. Once we start considering the sexual jsmat reproductive body parts of women, the vocabulary begins to be deficient, and the text of lihaf find itself using a range of connotative forms.

While exploring other dimensions of social and existential realities, she explores the idea of her New Woman in chughtqi fantasies of gender and sexual conflicts where patriarchy nurtures gender concept legitimizing hierarchy of the male and repressive sexuality of the female.

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Ismat chughtai’s lihaaf

But I was helpless and had to stay there much against my wish. No one had ever seen a nautch girl or prostitute in his house. Everyone used to say that I was possessed by evil spirits. The muslin net dupatta was torn to chughati. Begum Jaan had done a lot to help him out—bought him a shop, got him a job in the village.

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Scared, I went to bed rather early and pulled the quilt over me. Cuughtai the following night I woke up again ismat chughtai lihaf in heard Begum Jaan and Rabbu arguing in a subdued tone. They helped themselves to rich food and got warm stuff made for themselves while she stiffened with cold despite the new cotton in her quilt. This was why when my mother went to Agra she left me with an adopted sister of hers for about a week.

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But then she started living and lived her life to the full. A strange, sickening stench exuded from her body. What juicy stories they made up about them! Then I heard two people whispering.

For them, women with lesbian tendencies represent the exemplary and archetypal female and the perfection of love. However, I had resolved to switch on the light that night, come what may.

After some time she stopped and lay back exhausted. It was as though getting the massage was one of the basic necessities of life. Ismat Chughtai tries to manipulate the life of a woman, which is not a simple task. She was very tall and the ample flesh on her body made her look stately and magnificent. When the narrator is left at Chughtwi Jan’s place by her mother, she realises that despite her past admiration of love for Begum Jan, there lie many secrets with her.

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