Renowned Urdu novelist and short story writer Bano Qudsia passed away on 4 February 2017 in Lahore, Pakistan. She was 88.
Qudsia was the widow of admirable Urdu novelist Ashfaq Ahmed.
About Bano Qudsia
• Born on 28 November 1928 in Firozpur, India, Bano Qudsia was a Pakistani novelist, playwright and spiritualist.
• She migrated to Lahore with her family after partition.
• She graduated from the Kinnaird College in Lahore.
• Later, she joined Lahore’s Government College University to do her Master’s in Urdu Literature.
• She penned several Urdu novels, dramas and short stories.
• She is best known for her novel Raja Gidh (The King Buzzard), which is considered a modern Urdu classic.
• The author also wrote for television and stage in both Urdu and Punjabi languages.
• Her play Aadhi Baat has been called a classic.
• Her other prominent writings are Aatish-i-zer-i-paa, Amer Bail, Asay Pasay, Aik Din, Seharay and Khaleej, Chahar Chaman, Chhotaa Sheher Baray Log, Hasil Ghaat, Hawa Kay Naam, Tamasil and Footpath ki Ghaas.
• Her latest novel Haasil Ghath was published in 2005.
• She was awarded the Sitara-i-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan in 2003.
When: 4 February 2017