Halqa-e-Danish Lecture Series
Ham-`asr Urdū Afsānā
Nilofer Iqbal is the author of two short story collections, Ghantī (1996) and Surkh Dhabbay (2012). She holds an M.A. in English Literature from Punjab University. Iqbal credits Colonel Muhammad Khan for her foray into the literary world. Her career began in 1982 when her first story, “ghora gāri” was published in Funoon. Her unique choice of subjects made her standout writer in the Urdu literary community. In “masāvāt”, for instance, she grapples with the racial prejudice displayed by a liberal Pakistani family when their daughter wishes to marry an African-American man. Her story “baqqā” deals with the struggles faced by a young man while caring for his bed-ridden father.
Nilofer Iqbal’s stories “ghantī”, “chābi”, and “bāgh” are considered contemporary classics. Her work has been published in multiple journals including nairang-e-khayāl and aurāq. A number of critics and writers have praised her work in their writings including Mumtaz Mufti, Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, Mirza Adeeb, Fateh Mohammad Malik, and Muhammad Mansha Yaad. Mirza Adeeb, for instance, wrote that “Nilofer Iqbal’s stories display the brevity, singleness of effect, and texture that make them a true representation of the genre.” Her third collection of stories is forthcoming.