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My Name is Radha i felt less obnoxious diasporic discontent after reading this typical and also upset bc my urdu lit knowledge is weaker than my stamina in a hypothetical marathon that i'd never run manto runs with the undercurrent of like male gaze lite but at least it's lite meaning that he attempts to be above it all but fails mainly when it gets voyeur y at times contains beautiful writing interesting and surprising and diverse stylistic choices metaphors and tripleuadrupledjaksl meanings out the ass etc I couldn’t have picked a better introduction to Manto The uality of translation is top notch In fact it’s so good that from time to time I had to remind myself that Manto didn’t write in English And the collection of stories is delectable to say the least What completes this are a handful of nonfiction pieces both by Manto and a few others that provide context and help the novice reader place the stories and their author in the right spot and timeAs for the stories themselves they are a revelation in short story writing The relentless focus on the characters themselves and their unexplainable and sometimes crazy actions sucks us in That Manto could achieve it in a matter of a few pages is incredible The oddball characters are uite interesting too and come as a breath of fresh air as one doesn’t come across them too often in fictionAll in all a deeply satisfying read that is worth revisiting whenever the soul seeks a shower the translation is good A good numbers of short stories of Manto in one place including some of his essays and a few others one last one by the translator himself some of the works I had read in other collections My Name Is Radha
Scorned
Janki
Mozel
The Black Shalwar
Siraj
Sharda
Babu Gopinath
Yazeed
Ram Khilawan
Sahae
Khushia
Toba Tek Singh
The Testament of Gurmukh Singh
For Freedom’s Sake
The Last Salute
A Tale of the Year 1919
Frozen
Open It
Empty Bottles Empty Cans
A Progressive
Pleasure of Losing
God–Man
I’m No Good for You
The Revolt of Monkeys
Gilgit Khan
Martyr Maker
Recite the Kalima
Barren
Behind the Reed Stalks
Smell

Kingdom’s End
By the Roadside
Tassels
Hindi–Urdu
Upper Lower Middle
Green Sandals
The Gold Ring
Turnips
In this Maelstrom A Melodrama
The Fifth Trial
Manto and IhttpswwwlivemintcomLeisurepV5W So I finally managed to finish reading this book Not sure if short stories aren't meant for me or I didn't particularly enjoy Manto's stories but after a while I was kind of boredThe stories seemed to repeat themselves after some pages I couldn't understand some of the storiesMaybe I need to read up a bit on Manto before I read any of his books The essays at the end made for some good reading though I’m not a fan of short stories in general but I do appreciate their merits Often this medium of writing can send a strong message where novels or novellas fall short Manto effectively uses this medium to show the world its own reflection He has an unparalleled knack for dispassionately observing the dark underbelly of life and penning it beautifully on paper
I highly recommend this book to first time readers of Manto as it’s a fantastic introduction to his work I also recommend it to readers who are unaware of this writer yet have an interest in South Asian history and social comportment For fans of Manto this book is essential readingFor a full and detailed review of the book visit my blog at nooranandchawlacom “My name is Radha” is a collection of short stories written by one of the most iconic writers of his or even our times ‘Manto’Considered as the ‘enfant terrible’ of Urdu Literature his stories are real his characters so ordinary that they almost seem extraordinary Often stereotyped as a writer of partition and prostitutes he was condemned for corrupting the youth with writings of debauchery and vulgarity However Manto being Manto did not care about the opinions of others Heavily influenced by the politics of his time his pen dripped with sarcasm and his stories pierced the reader's soul reminding us of the levity of humanityHe wrote for women at a time when their voices were suppressed and could not be heard Whether it is the wannabe actress Neelam who is in love with the much married star Raj Kishore only to find the object of her desire unworthy Or the prostitute Sugandhi who despite being tired of life sells her body night and day to all sorts of men Used and abused by every man she meets she isn’t spared even by the one who she loves and who wants her to give up her trade Many such women are hiding in this book The damsel in distress Janaki the spunky Mozel who is loved passionately by Kripal Singh but gets abandoned when he cannot see past her religion There is Sultana another prostitute who is conned into giving away everything she owns to the men who claim to love her And there is Sharda who leaves Nazir the man she loves with utmost devotion because he doesn’t believe in love We also catch a glimpse of the evil side of love when the scorned Shahina kills for love Manto doesn’t judge these fallen women; he doesn’t condemn he just tells us their side of the story making them vulnerable and humanThere are also tales of men like the lunatic ‘Toba Tek Singh’ one of Manto’s most famous stories who becomes another casualty during the partition between India and Pakistan when the governments of both the countries could not decide what to do with the madmen Stories interweaved together in the same vein which when you read make you feel that time has stood still and you are in the middle of an era where all you can see is the travesty of human nature and what we do to our kind People from a different time emotions of a different kind but still raw and edgy as if the wounds were just cast upon a lonely soulThis book is a must read for anyone who wants a deeper insight on pre and post partition literature and the legacy that was left behind by the man we know as “Saadat Hasan Manto” The prevalent trend of classifying Manto’s work into a stories of Partition and b stories of prostitutes forcibly enlists the writer to perform a dramatic dressing down of society But neither Partition nor prostitution gave birth to the genius of Saadat Hasan Manto They only furnished him with an occasion to reveal the truth of the human conditionMy Name Is Radha is a path breaking selection of stories which delves deep into Manto’s creative world In this singular collection the focus rests on Manto the writer It does not draft him into being Manto the commentator Muhammad Umar Memon’s inspired choice of Manto’s best known stories along with those less talked about and his precise and elegant translation showcase an astonishing writer being true to his calling It is an interesting collection of stories I have never read Manto before apart from hearing Gulzar Saab reading out Toba Tek Singh at a literature festival This is a good collection such that it shows the well known as well as not know stories of Manto It shows him in various different lights Some stories are inherently personal and closer to him while in some he has adopted a lens from faraway The black shalwar is one uintessential story Towards the end of the book we learn about his personal struggle with how contemporary writing is as well as litigation against him for so called obscenity in his stories My name is Radha Penguin PetitIt's a short story the translation is to the point and the Kindle version syncs well I love how Manto depicts his women confident and fiesty This story too is not so different a fiesty woman who I think knew what she wanted in life and kinds of gets it in the absolute endI think I'd love to call Manto the best melancholic story teller to have been born in the Indian Subcontinent The way he wrote his stories if translated perfectly will stay with you for a long long time The usual stereotypes of Bollywood are blown away in these stories In a sense they are feminist as even the sex worker has a place in society These are raw stories Read them with an open mind to really get a glimpse of a society which no longer exists

  • Kindle Edition
  • 497 pages
  • My Name is Radha
  • Saadat Hasan Manto
  • English
  • 06 April 2016