Short Stories

The age of Urdu Afsaana (short story) is not very long, but in a short span of time, it has emerged as one of the most important genres in Urdu literature. From the earliest fiction writers like Rashidu Khairi, Sajjad Haider Yaldram and Premchand to Manto, Ismat Chughtai, Bedi and Krishn Chandra, followed by modern-day writers, many have made this genre their prime means of creative expression and appreciatively enriched it. In this way, innumerable excellent works of fiction came to the fore in Urdu. At Rekhta, we’ve tried to make accessible for you this exquisite treasure at one place. Over here, find all of the best and most-acclaimed Urdu short-stories at one go!

1928 -2011

Popular short story writer, novelist and playwright, known for his romantic style of rendition

1919 -1998

Noted fiction writer and playwright from Pakistan.

1931 -2015

Prominent fiction writer, celebrated for his novel "Udaas Naslein".


Story writer and novelist; known for his stories on social issues; also a recipient of Sahitya Akademi award.

1932 -2016

Prominent journalist and short story writer, known for his autobiography "Jo Yaad Rahaa".


Known for his acute observations of social realities among the contemporary fiction writers and their representation in his fiction.

1908 -1987

Well-known fiction writer and translator from Pakistan; witnessed the travails of Partition and made it the subject of his writings.

Prominent among the new generation short story writers from Pakistani.


One of the younger story writers.

1941 -1994

One of the contemporary story writers; wrote on issues relating to day-today life.

1940 -2013

Prominent modernist poet, story writer, one of the first poets to write prose poems; also edited important journal "Tashkeel".


One the prominent short fiction writers from Pakistan, known for writing symbolic stories around the issues of political suppression.

1916 -2006

Most outstanding Pakistani, Progressive poet. Also counted among leading fiction-writers. Edited an important literary magazine Funoon.


Well known fiction writer, acknowledged for his stories on weaker sections of society.


Noted fiction writer on contemporary social issues.

1912 -1992

Noted progressive critic, linguist, and story writer; also translated literary works from Bangla and English.

1911 -1977

Prominent critic ,scholar, fiction writer and poet also known for his romantic poetry.

1897 -1969

Well-known story writer, playwright and critic, known for his story “Mela Ghoomani”

1976 --

Prominent Pakistani poet and fiction writer

1913 -2000

One of the most celebrated progressive poets, literary critic, public intellectual and editor.Contemporary of Faiz Ahmad Faiz. Recipient of Gyanpeeth Award. Produced documentaries on Urdu poetry.

1929 -2018

Noted fiction writer from Pakistan; known for writing on women’s issues.


Known for her stories of deeper social concerns

1928 -2000

Prominent modernist story writer, famous for his symbolic stories.

1942 -2001

Prominent story writer known for problematizing the issues of urban life


Postmodernist story writer, known for his stories about the subaltern.

1935 -2019

Author of "Khushiyon Ka Bagh", one of the most prominent story writers, novelists, and artists known for his symbolic narratives.

Prominent fiction writer and journalist, known for his novel "Zillaton Ke Aseer"; served BBC for long.


Prominent among the young fiction writers from Pakistan; known for stories of deep psychological and existential issues.


Prominent Urdu fiction writer from Pakistan who also occasionally writes poetry

Noted fiction writer from Pakistan, known for stories of intense creative urge.

1925 -2004

Prominent Pakistani fiction writer, famous for the story “Gadaria”.