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Book Title: Mirages of the Mind|
The author of the book: Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi
ISBN 13: 9780811224147
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 16.88 MB
Edition: New Directions
Date of issue: July 7th 2015
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Basharat and his family are Indian Muslims who have relocated to Pakistan, but who remain deeply steeped in the nostalgia of pre-Partition life in India. Through Mirages of the Mind’s absurd anecdotes and unforgettable biographical sketches—which hide the deeper unease and sorrow of the family’s journey from Kanpur to Karachi—Basharet emerges as a wise fool, and the host of this unique sketch comedy. From humorous scenes in colonial north India, to the heartbreak and homesickness of post-colonial life in Pakistan, Mirages of the Mind forms an authentic portrait of life among South Asia’s Urdu speakers, rendered beautifully into English by Matt Reeck and Aftab Ahmad.
Read information about the authorMushtaq Ahmad Yousufi D.Litt (HC), SI, HI is an Urdu satirical and humor writer from Pakistan. Banker by profession, Yousufi has also served as the head of several national and international financial institutions.
He has received Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Hilal-e-Imtiaz, the highest civil honors by the Government of Pakistan. He was also given the highest literary award by Pakistan Academy of Letters in 1999 the Kamal-e-Fun Award.
His books have received many awards and critical acclaim.
Yousufi was born in British India in a learned family. His father Abdul Karim Khan Yousufi was chairman of the Jaipur Municipality, and later Speaker of the Jaipur Legislative Assembly. Yousufi completed his early education in Rajputana and earned B.A. from Agra University while M.A. Philosophy and LL.B from Aligarh University. After partition of India his family migrated to Karachi, Pakistan.
Ibn-e-Insha, himself an Urdu satirist and humourist, wrote about Yousufi: "...if ever we could give a name to the literary humour of our time, then the only name that comes to mind is that of Yousufi!"
Another scholar Dr Zaheer Fatehpuri wrote, "We are living in the '...Yousufi era' of Urdu literary humour..."
The Yousufi era started in 1961 when Yousufi's first book Chiragh Talay was published.
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