KARACHI: It pleasantly surprised readers of Urdu literature to see on Saturday morning Google paying tribute to the distinguished Pakistani novelist, short story writer and playwright Bano Qudsia on her 92nd birthday by making a doodle that aptly signified the grace and poise she was known for as a person and a creative soul.

In the image, she has been shown with a chador neatly wrapped around the upper half of her body, save for the front part of her head which is marked by grey hair. The other prominent feature of the doodle is that the writer is flanked by books, and is looking in front with her hands resting on some more books — another indication of her love for reading and writing.

Ms Qudsia was born on Nov 28, 1928 in Ferozpur, Punjab in pre-partition India. Her family settled in Lahore after independence where she studied and acquired a master’s degree in Urdu literature.

Her most noteworthy work of fiction is the novel titled Raja Gidh. Apart from writing fiction, she penned a number of plays for Pakistan Television, such as Doosra Qadam and Suraj Mukhi mostly for its Lahore centre.

Ms Qudsia was married to another prominent writer Ashfaq Ahmed. She passed away on Feb 4, 2017.

Published in Dawn, November 29th, 2020

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