Do we have anyone who spent their youth in 70ís or 80ís? If we do, I am sure s/he remembers Ibn-e-Safi, perhaps the first suspense Urdu writer. The creator of famous characters such Ali Imran (X-2), Col. A.K. Faridi, Sung Hi, Miss Bumble Bee etc. I was buying paper from Hasan Square and I noticed his novels that were written back in 1950ís and 1960ís are still being republished and put on front.

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  1. Tee Emm (unregistered) on November 16th, 2005 @ 10:28 pm

    Ibn-e-Safi is a timeless writer (click here for the picture of this amazing man who died a young age and was sure born too early for his era). I was not in my youth in 70s or 80s (am a bit younger) but have read most of his novel reprints. No wonder they are still a popular item in urdu book shops.

    Just today, I remembered one of his novel titled ‘Zalzalay ka Safar’ (Trip of the Quake). In the forewords, the great author says something very interesting (transalted loosely as:) “You will find the plot of this novel funny today but if you live for a few enough decades from now onwards, you would find my plot as real as anything else in your current lives because the scientific innovations we see today were laughed upon when they were imagined a decade ago”

    As you might already have figured out, the novel talks about a plot where an earth quake was simulated by the evil men and the plot was unearthed by the hero of Ibn-e-safi.

    More info about Ibn Safi and his timeless works could be found here.

  2. Rooster (unregistered) on November 17th, 2005 @ 2:58 am

    not to forget Black Zero .

  3. Razi (unregistered) on November 17th, 2005 @ 3:39 am

    And Teresa Bumblebee Of Bohemia.

  4. Rooster (unregistered) on November 17th, 2005 @ 4:50 am

    and if we don’t mention Juliana Fitzwater now..we never will

  5. JonyBr (unregistered) on November 17th, 2005 @ 5:46 am

    Looks like we have plenty of old time readers :p My personal fav…Safdar Saeed… always liked him.

    T M there have been plenty of fiction that turned out to be true in recent times from his books :)

    Rooster…how can u mention Juliana without Tanveer? :p

    Ohh btw we forgot Capt. Fayaz

  6. Imtiaz (unregistered) on November 17th, 2005 @ 5:49 am


    what are u guys talkin about??
    Tee Emm: your links are missing!

  7. JonyBr (unregistered) on November 17th, 2005 @ 5:54 am
  8. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 17th, 2005 @ 9:58 am

    He was a true genius,gave new dimenstion to art of writing suspense novels.
    Though i was used to read both Ali IMran series and Jasoosi dunya but i was naturally inclined towards Ali Imran series,Ali Imran was really an awesome character and X-2 was more than that,amazing to know that Jasoosi Dunya was used to publish from India as well,read his novels ,you won`t stop yourself laughing like a mad person by reason one or two lines of his work,i do remember,i was reading one of his novel and reading some humour line,i was just laughing,my mom thought that i had gone insane.He was also a good poet as well.I dont find his novels anymore,i wish i could buy all of them,anyone could help me out?in the end,let me qoute one of his line which was from Kali Tasweer,i found on his website

    Admi sanjeeda hokar kia karay,jabkay wo janta hay kay ek din usey apni sanjeedgi sameet dafan hona paray ga

  9. Adnan (unregistered) on November 17th, 2005 @ 10:03 am

    found link about Imran on same Website,nice intro:>

  10. Farhan (unregistered) on November 17th, 2005 @ 1:18 pm

    well, i was in my teens from 1988 to … and i read almost all of his stuff. There is another character called Joseph and Sir Sultan :)

  11. Kashif (unregistered) on November 17th, 2005 @ 6:32 pm

    Ibn-e-Safi was a person before his times. He was a true genius. His books were translated in many languages and fiction writers to date copy his style.

  12. MOON (unregistered) on November 18th, 2005 @ 2:32 am

    you guys missed Sulemaan and his “Moong ki daaal”!!!
    and Imran and his chewing gums :D:D:D
    + Imran’s fights with his father!! All are just sooo cooolll…

    ++++ Hameeedd and Yalla Yallis!! And Qasim the half-giant, and Hameed always teasing Qasim and Fareedi!!!

    Imran is my ALL TIME FAV. character!!

    Ibn e Safi Rocks, the best writer ever in the world, I’ve read each and EVERY of Imran series books and Jasoosi Duniya series!!

  13. MOON (unregistered) on November 18th, 2005 @ 2:34 am

    and Sang Hi… the best enemy one can have, Imran’s Chacha!!!

  14. Rooster (unregistered) on November 18th, 2005 @ 3:23 am

    yes indeed. i agree Moon. gotta thank JONYBR for bringing Ibn-e-Safi back to light . brings back memories ..good ones too.

  15. MOON (unregistered) on November 18th, 2005 @ 12:02 pm

    Adnan Siddiqui -> You can have ALL of the books republished by “ISRAR PUBLICATIONS”, complete sets of novels together in a good binding, both Imran series and Jasoosi Duniya from anywhere in Urdu Bazar!!

    And I guess “Imran Book Depot”, a shop in Urdu bazar will serve you well.

  16. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 19th, 2005 @ 12:49 pm

    Thanks Moon,i know his books published by Israr publications,i wasn`t aware of Imran Book Depot at all..

    by the way Israr Publication is his home Publication company,Israr is son of Mr.safi and works as eye specialist at Akhtar Eye Clinic,Gulshan-e-Iqbal

  17. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 19th, 2005 @ 12:50 pm

    Thanks Moon,i know his books published by Israr publications,i wasn`t aware of Imran Book Depot at all..

    by the way Israr Publication is his home Publication company,Israr is son of Mr.safi and works as eye specialist at Akhtar Eye Clinic,Gulshan-e-Iqbal

  18. Mohammad Hanif (unregistered) on November 19th, 2005 @ 11:46 pm

    For all the information about Ibne Safi and his work visit http://www.ibnesafi.info

  19. xia (unregistered) on November 27th, 2005 @ 2:09 pm

    Could anyone give me imran book depot. telephone info?

  20. mohd faisal (unregistered) on December 29th, 2005 @ 1:44 am

    hay guys….i m faisal from delhi…i m 23 year old and i m animator…and you know…i m read near about 200 novel of ibne safi since when i m 8 year old….include tagral fargaan’s tanazia kahania and israr narvi’s sahyiri….i love ibne safi’s novel and all charector…like..ali imran..safdar..juliana fitzwater..all member of x2’s squad..rahman sahab…and of course suleman with moong ki daal and joseph..karnal faridi…hameed..kasim..ins.nashaad..and i read tazak e dopyaza..:D
    well…i like talking about ibne safi…

  21. mohd faisal (unregistered) on December 29th, 2005 @ 9:31 pm

    you all guys not think that in the pet ditactive movie…ace ventura (jim carry) is most likly ali imran charecter….???? jim carry is the best person to play ali imran role…..

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