Bano Qudsia, the only of her Kind

Our lives revolve around the people, some of them connect with us at personal level, some connect with us through their appearance, some connect us with their voice and some become an influential part in our life through their words such was one woman who connected with the young and old generation of Pakistan through her words. The simple yet exceptional women known as Bano Qudsia popularly recognized with the title Bano Aapa.

Bano Qudsia was born in Firozpur of British India in in 1928 in Chattha Family. She was truly gifted with the talent of writing as she started writing short stories at very young age while studying in Class 5 of her school. Her unique use of words and expression of writing made her stand different and unique from all other writers of that time. After the partition Bano aapa and her family migrated to Lahore Pakistan which became her eternal home.  She completed her graduation from Kinnard College Lahore and later completed Master’s in Urdu Literature from Government College University. The time in University started a new chapter in her life as she met Ashfaque Ahmed in GCU and got married with him.

Bano Qudsia has written on very basic yet unaddressed and misunderstood issues of the life. She has a beautiful control on the words while depicting raw and natural human emotions. The simple looking women was complete treasure on whole as every line she said in a casual or former talk and interview had an insight and depth with a lesson to teaching to promote. She After getting married Bano aapa and Ashfaque Ahmad were considered as the most inspiring and inseparable couple, their lives proved as an example for others to follow.

Bano Qudsia had very humble and mild nature as she valued all the relations of her life where as her love for the books and writing stood at the top of list. She wrote many short stories and novels which became inevitable part of Urdu Literature where as she is also known for writing Urdu and Punjabi theater scripts and dramas.  The famous books of Bano Qudsia includes Aatish-i-zer-i-paaAik Din,Asay PasayChahar ChamanChhotaa Sheher Baray LogFootpath ki GhaasHaasil Ghaat and Hawa Kay Naam where as her novel “Raja Gidh” considered as a classic in modern Urdu Literature. The plays written by her also received great attention which includes TamasilHawa ke NaamSeharay and Khaleej.

 Bano Aapa became a popular person in Pakistan who was admired and honored by almost everyone for her writings and efforts in Urdu Literature. She was honored with the Sitara-i-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan, Hilal-i-Imtiaz, and many other honors by the Universities and Foundations in Pakistan. The Sun of warmth, teachings, inspiration and amazing writings finally set down on the evening of 4th of February 2017 tearing the people in tears and sorrows. She died after an amazing life of 88 years.




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