Some old memories of Lahore with Asad Muhammad Khan

Feb 3


Julie Shockley

Julie Shockley

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Before the establishment of Pakistan Long ago, The city of Lahore has the distinction of being the largest center for the printing and publishing Urdu in South Asia. Urdu readers are well acquainted with the name of Munshi Nolakshwar. It had been more than a hundred years since he had gone to Lucknow from Lahore and had opened a printing press there. As a reputable publisher of scholarly, literary, and religious books, Munshi Nolakshwar made a name for himself, as if this lucky publisher was not content with just making money.


I have found this cradle of knowledge and literature. I started talking about this ambitious city of Lahore because I left my hometown in 1950 and spent two and a half years of my initial training.
Lahore has always been a gathering place of writers,Some old memories of Lahore with Asad Muhammad Khan Articles poets, penmen. Since 1947, a gathering of famous names of Urdu poetry and prose can be seen. Books of M. Aslam, Shafiqul-ur-Rehman, Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi, Shaukat Thanawi, A. Hameed, etc. Were being published here one after another, Phool, Adabi Dunya' and 'Adab Latif' were published from here, 'Naqosh' and 'Saweera. This is where the 'arts' and other prestigious journals began.

Let me recount an eye-opening situation before the partition that in my native 'Urdu city' of Bhopal, where there were forty-five large money changers' shops and four well-appointed hotels of the Muslim Brotherhood, there were eight reputable ones. Booksellers were also running their business successfully. These booksellers used to order bundles of Urdu books from Lahore, Delhi, and Lucknow. Shaukat Thanawi, Shafiqul Rehman, M. Aslam, Manto, Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi, A. Hameed, and some great writers' books and poets used to arrive in the city is

And the readers used to run.

This was the time when the progressive movement was gaining popularity among Urdu writers and poets. Giving a fresh style statement Was showing a new way. This movement attracted famous elders like Allama Iqbal, Tagore, Baba Urdu Maulvi Abdul Haq. Faiz Sahib, Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi Sahib, Hajra Masroor, Khadija Mastoor, Sibt Hassan, Zaheer Kashmiri, Ibrahim Farag Bukhari, Raza Hamdani, and many other emerging great personalities grew up in Pakistan during this period.
In parallel with the progressive activities, NM Rashid, Mohammad Hassan Askari, Manto, Miraji, and other significant equally powerful international literary activities continued and increased Urdu's value.

On the other side of the border, editors and owners of strong literary journals arrived in Malik Aziz. On the one hand, Allama Niaz Fateh Puri with Nigar, Shahid Ahmad Dehlavi with Saqi, Lucknow with Afkar, and Many strong and optimistic people came to Pakistan they had brought with them well-known and purposeful magazines.

A long time ago in Lahore, there was an elderly group of poets, writers, and intellectuals.
A cultural jirga named 'Niazmandan Lahore'.
Maulana Abdul Majeed Salik, Peter Bukhari, Syed Imtiaz Ali Taj, Dr. Taseer, Sufi Ghulam Mustafa Tabassum, Chirag Hassan.

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