SHORT STORY Lihaaf [The Quilt] O Ismat Chughtai Translated from Urdu by M. Asaduddin In the last issue of manushi, while reviewing Deepa Mehta’s Fire, we. Read this article to know about Lihaaf The Quilt summary by Ismat Chughtai. Lihaf is an Urdu short story that made Ismat Chughtai popular for its controversies . Ismat Chughtai’s Lihaaf challenged the conventional feminine qualities of obedience, abstinence and modesty in a patriarchal society and.

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She began counting my imsat. A purple shawl covered her feet as she sat in regal splendour, a veritable Maharani. Her eyelids had drooped, her upper lip showed a black shadow and tiny beads of sweat sparkled on her lips and nose despite the cold. All these describe the homosexual relationship in Begum that she had developed as her sexual desires were not gratified by her husband.

The story, narrated by a woman, is mostly recounted by her from the time when she was a child and was left with Begum Jan by her mother. Barsa Ismay Kadeeja Mumtas. How tight this sweater is! Begum was gaining the glow that she lost.


Lihaaf Summary | Ismat Chughtai | English Summary

Then Begum Jaan had a fit. It was a special oil massage that brought life back to the half-dead Begum Jaan. I could neither scream nor cry. Relatives, however, would come for visits and would stay for months while she remained a prisoner in the house. She rarely moved out.

Periyar Rally In Trichy: The doors would be closed, the braziers would be lit and then the session began. I, too, liked to be at her house in that season. It was evening and chugytai room was getting enveloped in darkness.

Ismat chughtai’s lihaaf

This was the argument from Ismat that the case was solved, the story became popular and earned fame for her. I gasped and plunged into my bed.

My heart yearned in anguish for Amma. As she tossed and turned, her quilt made newer shapes on the wall but none of them held promise of life for her. Issmat tried to protest. My own brothers and their puny, little friends!

The Times of India. He had performed Haj and helped several others to do it. However, I had resolved to switch on the light that night, come what may. The story, over the years, has emerged as a fitting example of the triumph of feminism and Begum Jan is often viewed as the champion of it.


The story is told from the point of view of a small girl who is the niece of the protagonist, Begum Jan. I stretched my leg nervously to the other side of the bed to grope for the switch and turned it on. Even this daily massaging was not enough. Some people are crazy enough to cultivate interests like breeding pigeons and watching cockfights. Her hands were small but agile, her large, swollen lips were always wet.

No one had ever seen a nautch girl or prostitute in his house. Begum Jan is bereft of any maternal instincts and sees the narrator merely as a replacement of Rabbu. Mohan believes it is not Begum Jan but the child narrator who can be deemed be as a ismaf.