Gulzar Sahab as he is fondly called is famous for his work across many creative fields. From music to movies to books, he’s known for his excellent writing and storytelling. Though in the literary field he’s best known for his poetry, he’s also a short story writer and a novelist. Here are some short stories he’s written that have been translated into English:
This short story has a whole compilation book named after it. The story follows a man called Raavi who lived through India’s Independence. But, as the country gained freedom, partition caused him to lose an old life and home. The simplicity of the tale will in no way prepare the reader for the emotions it contains.
This story explores the dangers of being friends with a writer. From a young age, the protagonist is always impressed by his friend who wants to be a writer and his storytelling ability. The story portrays the sweet and bitter nuances of friendship.
Sahir and Jaadu
This story is about Javed Akhtar and Sahir Ludhianvi. Based on reality, we see the bond between a boy and the one he has adopted as a surrogate parent of sorts. Javed ‘Jaadu’ often goes to visit Sahir to complain about his own father and the interactions between the two are heartwarming.
For those who love to read romantic short stories, this one is for you. This short story feels like it’s out of a Bollywood movie from the ’80s. In the exchanges between a middle-aged couple, we hear lines like those he would write for a movie.
This tale highlights human greed and it’s dangers. By simply showing how the growing needs of some humans had such a disastrous effect on an ecosystem many creatures survived in, we see how the greed of humans is what leads to so many divisions.
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