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Humour and Satire

Humor and satire stem forth from the inequalities of society. In order to become thoroughly familiar with a society, one has to leaf through the satirical literature written in it. In Urdu, there is a splendid tradition and treasure of humorous literature. Mushtaq Ahmed Yusufi, Patras Bukhari, Rasheed Ahmed Siddiqui, and many other writers wrote remarkably humorous yet incisive pieces. This page at Rekhta is popping with an array of choice humorous works ever written in Urdu. Read on and roll on laughing!

1911 -2002

One of the founders of modern Urdu criticism.


One of the younger story writers.

1881 -1958

Well-known poet and essayist, edited literary journal Nadeem, a class fellow of Syed Sulaiman Nadavi


Prominent poet, prose writer and columnist, known for his humorous qitas and essays; worked on important positions in the government of Pakistan

1904 -1955

A poet and Journalist. Famous especially for his humorous columns.

1910 -1999

One of the most prominent writers of humour and satire in pakistan.

1896 -1982

One of the most influential Pre-modern poets who paved the way for the modern Urdu ghazal. Known for his perceptive critical comments. Recipient of Gyanpeeth award.

1910 -1973

Prominent humorous poet and a scholarly critic of humorous poetry.

1894 -1961

A renowned Urdu writer, known for his humor and prose.

1900 -1958

Prominernt journalist and poet

1927 -1978

Pakistani poet known for his ghazal "kal chaudhanvi ki raat thi, shab bhar raha charcha tera".

1924 -1977

Noted Pakistani story writer and journalist; also wrote plays and travelogues.

1910 -1980

Popular humorist and satirist; known for his linguistic finesse and representations of social inequalities.

1879 -1955

A major descendant of the Chishti lineage

1914 -1977

A contemporary of Manto, associated with the Progressive Writers Movement, known for his stories of romance and social realism.

1895 -1941

One of the noted satirist and humourists in Urdu known for his broader vision of life; brother of major writer Asmat Chughtai.

1902 -1958

Urdu poet,critic and one of the pioneers of the progressive movement in Urdu literature. Close relation with Faiz Ahmad Faiz as their wives were sisters.

1936 -2020

Mujtaba Husain a prolific and critically acclaimed humourist in the field of Urdu literature. He was honored with the award of the much-coveted Padma Shri by the Government of India for his contributions to Urdu literature.

1923 -2018

Most prominent humorist and satirist of Pakistan; author of extraordinary works "Chiraagh Tale" and "Aab-e-Gum". He received Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Hilal-i-Imtiaz, the highest literary honours by the Government of Pakistan.


One of the most read fiction and travelogue writers from Pakistan; known for his unique creativity and appeal.

1927 -1969

Prominent Urdu poet known for his 'Qataat'.

1898 -1958

Patras Bokhari was an Urdu humourist, educator, essayist, broadcaster and diplomat from Pakistan. He is best known for his humorous writings in Urdu literature.

1915 -1984

One of the most prominent short story writers and novelists of Urdu, a contemporary of Manto, known for his narratives representing Indian ethos and use of mythological references. He also wrote plays and penned dialogues and stories for films.

1892 -1977

Prominent satirist and humorist, known for his individual prose style. He was associated with the Urdu department of Aligarh Muslim university.

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