Past in Perspective

Qurratulain Hyder was a famous writer and poet who is best known for her work, Aag Ka Darya which translates into River of Fire. She provided the context behind the traumatic partition of the India subcontinent into two nation states. The novel spans for more than 2000 years, starting from the time of Chandargupta Maurya in the fourteenth century BC to the post-independent period in India and Pakistan. The characters further reflect the unity present in human nature amidst national and religious uprisings and promotes the need for a more inclusive culture. It was published in Urdu in 1959 and was translated into English by the author herself in 2019.

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