In this episode, Azra Naqvi sits down with Shamim Hanafi, one of the most prominent literary critics in South Asia, to discuss the life and work of Qurratulain Hyder, one of the most celebrated writers in Urdu literature.
Throughout the interview, Hanafi shares his insights on Hyder's contributions to Urdu literature and her role in shaping the literary landscape of the Indian subcontinent. He highlights Hyder's groundbreaking novel "Aag ka Darya" (River of Fire), which is widely considered a masterpiece of modern Urdu literature.
Hanafi also discusses Hyder's approach to storytelling, her use of multiple languages and her exploration of themes such as identity, history, and memory. He provides a detailed analysis of her writing style, and how it evolved over the course of her career.
The conversation also touches upon Hyder's personal life, including her experiences as a female writer in a patriarchal society, and her relationship with other prominent literary figures of her time.
Overall, this episode offers a fascinating insight into the life and work of one of Urdu literature's most iconic figures, as well as a glimpse into the broader cultural and historical context in which she lived and wrote.