Reviews

  • Enlightened, bold, iconoclastic, progressive and feminist... Chughtai's style makes reading a delight

    Dawn
  • One of the foremost Urdu writers of the 20th century, Ismat Chughtai is known for her iconoclastic, feminist writings which explored the inner workings of women's lives

    Huffington Post
  • Her marvellous skill with language and storytelling has resulted in the creation of some of the most powerful women characters in world literature

    The Hindu
  • Gloriously provocative... female sexuality within a patriarchal world is Chughtai's central concern

    Kamila Shamsie, from the introduction
  • Chughtai's prose is supple, energetic, argumentative, funny, caustic, and colloquial. But what really distinguishes her from her peers is a bluntness that is often brutal, and a sarcasm that is always biting. This is high-voltage writing, it can be as vituperative as it is incisive, as polemical as it is profound.

    India Today
  • Ismat Chughtai's work had a seminal impact on me... [her] rebellious life I carry about with me like a talisman

    Kishwar Desai, author of 'Origins of Love'
  • A writer who was constantly challenging accepted notions of morality and urging her readers to examine a woman's place in society

    Indian Express

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