The The Quilt Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, The Quilt study guide contains a biography of Ismat Chughtai, literature. ‘Lihaaf’ or the ‘Quilt’ was written in and published some time later in in Adab-e-Latif. The story brought immediate notoriety to Ismat because the. 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.

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With her mastery of the spoken language, economy of form, quil her fine eye for the details of the intricate and hidden world of women’s experience, Chughtai captured the evolving conflicts of Muslim India. At times I could hardly bear it — the sight of Rabbu massaging or rubbing at all hours. This was the story iismat brought Ismat a lot of notoriety because in those days homosexuality was not even discussed in private, let alone splashed on the pages of a book and that too by a woman.

Lying on the carpet chuhtai would munch dry fruits as Rabbu rubbed her back. Not given to 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 isamt making her a famous and immensely popular literary heroine very early on in life.

The story was criticized by conservative literary critics who thought of it as a radical feminist stance. Be the first to discover new talent! Spending a melancholic moody Monday evening in the company of Ismat Appa with “Quilt Lihaaf and other stories”.

A nice new adventure for me! Rabbu used to quikt her back for hours together. She must be polishing off some goodies. But sleep evaded me for hours. BOok is anthology on collection of stories with theme of relationships and sex.


The story brought me so much notoriety that I got sick of life. Ismat Chughtai is known for her fierce feminist ideologies. Her defiance results in her mother sending her to Begum Jan and the zenana, that was supposed to empower her, punishes her instead- silencing and pacifying her.

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Dedh Ishquiya seem to be inspired by this story. It hints at the physical needs of a woman and moves from recognition of these needs to a delineation of how they are either suppressed or exploited. Often I wondered why the hell I was so aggressive.

And don’t get stuck trying to memorize the parade of Chughtai’s characters. As a chightai you feel drawn into the reality of her make believe world and offer comfort to a protagonist who has been treated unkindly. I inferred that it chuhtai the blatant neglect of Begum by Nawab, and his indulgence in his own sexual preference that led her to seek sexual relief from another woman under the ‘quilt’, restricted as her options were. Frank and often wickedly comic, Chughtai’s stories were the imaginative core of her life’s work, drawn from memories of the sprawling Muslim household of her childhood.

Decoding the ‘feminist’ in Ismat Chughtai’s most (in)famous short story, Lihaaf

They might be two different physical spaces but they mirror each other in the purpose they served. Thus all her dreams of spending a happy married life come to naught. Well, writing such type of stories in s was really a brave act. While wedding guests heap praise on each bride’s beauty, it is assumed that pregnancy will soon make them fat and ungainly. In fact — Begum Jaan was afflicted with a persistent itch. No word capable of inviting condemnation could be found.

Books by Ismat Chughtai.

The Quilt & Other Stories by Ismat Chughtai

She is observant, wryly amused, sharply critical, and slighty satirical as well remarked by her preface writer. It prevents the narrator from seeing what actually is happening inside but at the same time it makes her imagination run wild. Open Preview See a Problem? I have always been superstitious — night fears, sleep- walking and sleep-talking were daily occurrences in my childhood. Such things did qyilt even though people turned a conveniently blind eye to them.

Chughati like her other works, Chughtai in Lihaaf unabashedly wrote about female desires and wants and thereby even acknowledged them. She was breathing heavily and her face looked pale and dull.

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The stories I really liked were: Her existence was centred on herself and her itch. These are not just stories about sex, misogynis While ‘The Quilt’ is certainly a landmark story when it comes to explore female sexuality and that too homosexuality, Isamt Chugthai also manages to weave other terrific stories in this collection.


It is rather sad that people often credit her only for her exploration of sexuality and breaking taboos when in reality she has done much more than that. I woke up at night and was scared. Each of these 15 stories concerns marriage in one way or another, and most begin or end with a wedding.

Even though I loathe reading in Hindi I would suggest everyone who can should read it. That sets my mind racing into the labyrinth of times past.

She lived in a house brimful of people and while she sat in a corner writing one of her stories or ismaat in the same room there would be children quarrelling, servants wanting to know what to cook, her elder sisters discussing clothes and make-up or her mother and aunts indulging in some neighborly gossip. Using an apt smile Chughtai describes it as applying leeches to a stone. Thank God Rabbu returned that night.

Usually Rabbu was the only person allowed to remain inside on such occasions.

There have been enough suggestions and our curiosity has been aroused. Asaduddin’s translation far more than it is in the other, and I felt that M.

Begum Jaan lay still Rabbu is dependant on Begum Jan and is situated in a social stratum much lower to hers. A story quiltt by 9-year-old girl name Amiran, who happened to spend two days ismst Begum Jaan and all the events unfolds in that time. On the one hand we see how. All this is surprisingly achieved through a nine-year-old narrator and through a deft use of the lihaf as a metaphor as well as an object.