Aunty Ainee : A Homage
The Second Floor (coffeehouse) held a gathering on site, yesterday to pay homage to Qurat-ul-ain Haider, the renowned novelist.
Apart from the video of an interview with her, certain members of the audience shared their personal stories of the great writer. Certain attendees were asked to read excerpts of her works but it was suggested that each of us read the works ourselves as that would be better than just whetting our appetites. Still, a poem was read out, written in her honour.
It is stated often, that she wrote high brow novels and has been actively critiqued for writing Urdu novels with English thrown in. This alone is not a measure of her work. When she was once asked why she includes English in her works, she is known to have replied : “kiyoun kay meree Urdu kumzoor hai”!
Her works include “Aag ka Durya” which was termed as “ahead of its time” and heralded as a “different” novel, being compared to “Orlando”.
All in all it was an intimate affair and the family stories which shed light on Qurat-ul-ain Haider’s sharp wit, quick humor and insightfulness made the evening worthwhile.