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Urdu Story Writer Glowing tributes at condolence Reference
« on: October 07, 2013, 08:14:53 AM »
Urdu Story Writer  Glowing tributes at condolence Reference
Karachi :October 07: Renowned modern Urdu short story writer, Mehmood Wajid, was paid glowing tributes by eminent writers, journalists and scholars at a condolence reference held at the Karachi Press Club (KPC).
Celebrated storywriter, critic and columnist Professor Ali Haider Malick, speaking at length about Wajid’s works, observed that apart from authoring three decorated books that cemented his status in the echelons of modern Urdu short story writing, Wajid also wrote powerful editorials as the founding editor of his Urdu quarterly, ‘Aainda’.
Prof Malik stated that his works speak volumes about his skills in the field of Urdu literature critique, while also praising numerous articles also written by Wajid.
He called for all of Wajid’s works to be compiled and published, stating that such a step will not only serve to enrich Urdu literature but will also result in the creation of a true guideline for junior writers.
Another famous poet and critic, Saba Ekram, highlighted Wajid’s prowess at writing not only modern short stories but also unique poetry.


Ekram also spoke highly of Wajid’s efforts to form an organisation, ‘Anjuman Jadeed Musannifeen’, which was aimed at supporting modern writers and trends of Urdu literature.


Distinguished short story writer and novelist A Khayyam shared recollections of his discussions with Wajid. “When he decided that he would be publishing his own magazine, Wajid took me on the editorial board.”


Being an assistant to Wajid, Khayyam noted that he was very dedicated and committed to modern literature and its production.


He said he was a diehard believer of freedom of expression in literature. “When I quit the job of editing ‘Aainda’, Mehmood Wajid assigned Saira Ghulam Nabi, who kept working as assistant editor with zeal and commitment.”


Nabi, who is also a famous short story writer, paid rich tributes to Wajid as an editor and a “perfect modern short story writer”.


She presented a short story of Wajid’s titled ‘Matrooq Aadmi’, which was liked by the audience very much.


Other well-known short story writers, columnists and journalists, including Shehnaz Parveen, Naseem Anjum, Moosa Kaleem, Prof Tauseef Ahmed Khan, Shahabuddin Shahab, Zahid Hussain Zahid, Shahid Hashmi (the eldest son of Mehmood Wajid), Hakeem Askari and Nadir Sheikh (who conducted the proceedings of the function), shared their experiences and declared that Wajid was a “thorough gentleman and a great short story writer”.


The speakers underlined that Wajid was known as a modern Urdu short story writer and he was highly appreciated by the critics in Pakistan and India after he had published his last collection titled ‘Lamha Lamha Zindagi’ in the late 80s.


He had published two collections of his short stories that gained much popularity among the circles of modern Urdu writers in Pakistan and India.


He was the founding editor of ‘Aainda’ for 16 years. The widely read magazine contained worthy writings of contemporary writers from Pakistan, India and other countries, said the speakers.


Wajid had started his career as a lecturer and he also headed different departments in the field of education.


After retiring from the University of Karachi, he launched his magazine and he also used to work as an experienced visiting professor, added the speakers.


Wajid’s son, Shahid Hashmi, pointed out that his father served the cause of education and literature, but never ignored his family.


He said his father allowed him and his younger brothers and sisters to live their life according to their beliefs and commitments, and that was why everyone in the family thought him to be their spiritual mentor too.
Hashmi said that after the death of his mother at a young age, his father took care of all the children and fulfilled all his obligations, proving to be an expressive friend of the family.The news.
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