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Remembering Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi, a literary genius

Remembering Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi, a literary genius
Many are writers, some know the art of writing and very few have the ability to nurture ideologies through their words. Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, maestro of Urdu literature, falls into the last category.

Excelling in poetry, short-stories, columns, article writing, novels, he truly is one of the greatest contributor of Urdu Adab.

Today is the 13th death anniversary of celebrated author, writer, journalist and poet, and what could be better than reminiscing about his contribution and work in contemporary and old literature.

Born on November 20, 1916, Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi left a legacy in terms of poets and writers whom he inspired over the course of his life, Parveen Shakir, Ata-ul-Haq Qasmi, Hajra Masroor, Amjad Islam Amjad and Najeeb Ahmad, all legends in their respective areas.

During his long career as writer and editor, he wrote about fifty books on poetry and journalism. He had the distinction of having edited many prestigious journals, including Phool, Savera, Tehzeeb-i-Niswaan, Adab-i-Lateef and Naqoosh.

He also served as the editor of an eminent Urdu daily “Imroze” and literary magazine “Funoon”, which was his own brainchild. 

When it came to poetry, he wrote both ghazals and nazams, inspiring many through his motivational words. His best known collections include Jalal-o-Jamal, Shola-i-Gul and Kisht-i-Wafa in poetry and Chopaal, Sannata, and Kapaas ka Phool in short stories.

 

While commenting on the contributions of Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi, CEO Sang-e-Meel Publications, Afzaal Ahmad said, "Qasmi Sahab undoubtedly was one of the finest authors of Urdu Literature. His contributions in prose and poetry have not only enriched Urdu literature but are also a must read for anyone who is interested in meaningful literature rooted in the realities of our country."

Qasmi Sahab also actively participated in Progressive Writers Movement as a lead person. He was arrested many times in 50s and 70s for his revolutionary ideas. It is said that he maintained a particularly close friendship with another revolutionary writer, Saadat Hassan Manto, who was also a part of writers’ movement.

Among the many laurels received by Qasmi Sahab, he was also the recipient of the President’s Pride of Performance (1968), Pakistan Academy of Letters’ lifetime achievement award and the country’s highest civil honour, the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, for literature.

The veteran writer breathed his last on July 10, 2006 after suffering from asthmatic and cardiac complications. Although not with us physically, he is still alive in the form of his writings and words, or wouldn’t be wrong to say that we are still living in his era.