Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi, the Gem of Satire and Humor literature

Urdu Literature is a like a treasure chest filled with all the colorful gems and stones. The richness of Urdu literature is because of the diverse nature of writers from diverse culture of different areas. The history of Urdu literature is way older than the development of Pakistan so it has all the flavors from not just Pakistan but the neighboring states as well. Our poets and writers have brought their heritage and culture to Pakistan with their poems and pros. In the loaded treasure chest every piece is a gem in its nature. The literature has all genres of pros and poems but one of them has brought conscience and sense with laughter and smiles that is humor. In the history of humor literature, the name that shines on the top of all is Mushtaq Ahmed Yusufi.

Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi was born on 4th September 1923. He took birth in Tonk, Rajasthan. Being born in a learned family which is why he was very close to literature. He took his initial education from Rajputana, later he went to Aligarh for higher education. He has a master’s degree in philosophy and LLB degree from Aligarh Muslim University. Mushtaq Ahmad was very educated person and he has served at different national and international departments.

After partition he migrated to Karachi, Pakistan where he spent the rest of his life. In 1950 he started working in Muslim Commercial Bank as deputy general manger. He was known for his witty and spontaneous personality. He published his first book in 1961 named as Chiragh Talay. The book received great response from the masses. Mushtaq Ahmad became very famous for his humorous writing expression, his writing style made him distinct and unique in all the group of writers. He was written numerous bestselling books. His famous books include Chiragh Talay, Khakam ba dahan, Zarguzasht and Aab I gum.

He writing and work has an international reach. His work was appreciated on international level. One of his books named as Aab e Gum was also translated in English. It was translated by Matt Reeck and Aftab Ahmad, the book was published with the title as Mirages of the Mind.  Mr. Yusufi has written numerous articles on the current scenario. His words were funny but they leave a lasting impact on a readers mind. His work was not only appreciated by the readers but the renowned writers of that era as well. Ibn-e-Insha, who is a very famous humorist and a great writer in Urdu literature once wrote about Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi that ‘if ever we could give a name to the literary humour of our time, then the only name that comes to mind is that of Yusufi!"

Mr. Yusufi was a very lively and cheerful person. throughout his life he was never missing out from any major event. He attended many seminars and shows in the institutes and universities. He was often seen in the television programs as well. His participation would bring joy and smile in every event. The era after 1961 in Urdu satire and humor literature is also known as the era of Yusufi. He was awarded with the highest honors by the government of Pakistan with Sitara e Imtiaz and Hilal e Imtiaz. The rising star finally left his smiling readers behind in tears on 20 june 2018. He died at the age of 94. Throughout his life he spread joys and laughers amongst all. His death was a very big lose for Pakistan as they lost a true gem.