The The Quilt Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, The Quilt study guide contains a biography of Ismat Chughtai, literature. ‘Lihaaf’ or the ‘Quilt’ was written in and published some time later in in Adab-e-Latif. The story brought immediate notoriety to Ismat because the. SHORT STORY Lihaaf [The Quilt] O Ismat Chughtai Translated from Urdu by M. Asaduddin In the last issue of manushi, while reviewing Deepa Mehta’s Fire, we.

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And don’t get stuck trying to memorize the parade of Chughtai’s characters. To write of chufhtai matters at a time when sex was discussed among women only in whispers was Ismat’s expression of the revulsion she felt for those women who suppressed their sexuality and meekly submitted to the oppressive male.

Lihaaf – Wikipedia

The quilt looked perfectly innocent in the morning. My chuhgtai story in this collection was all alone. It led to the filing of a case of obscenity against the author in the court of law along with the bad boy of Urdu literature “Sadat Hasan Manto” with whom she got along famously.

Here’s what I thought of it – for me, it is not so much about lesbianism though, of course, that’s a big and bold part of it as it is about a deviation.

Begum Jaan regained her senses after much fuss and ministrations. Consequently we are taken thus far and no further even though the recollections of a child narrator are being filtered through an adult consciousness.

Someone writing a story about homosexuality in the pre-independence years of India and Pakistan? Im going to attribute that to not reading the Urdu originals. He had performed Haj and helped several others to do it. This was the story that brought Ismat a lot of notoriety because in those days homosexuality was not even discussed in private, let alone splashed on the pages of a book and that too by a woman.

Its a brave attempt by Ismat Chughtai, this story is one of her best.


It was severe punishment for me! The first person narrator then is probably the author herself who is also going to be a participant in the story as it is clearly stated that ismwt is going to draw upon memories of her childhood which chughtsi into making up this story. Begum Jaan who was so attached to me? But in doing so, a corner of the lihaf was lifted by a foot revealing something for which the narrator was not prepared and she can only any ‘Allah’ and dive for her bed.

I was really afraid. Return to Book Page. A strange fright overwhelmed me. There was sound of someone smacking her lips, as though savouring a tasty pickle. She realised that I was wandering outdoors in the hte and might die of pneumonia! Begum Jaan was heart- broken and turned to books.

She does not get the attention of her husband due to his sexual preferences, which makes Begum Jaan sexually oppressed. Not only did it focus sharply on female sexuality hte the sexual needs of a woman, it went many steps further in making a deliberate and conscious choice quilh an alternative sexuality rather than a conventional heterosexual behaviour.

The venom spewing, bile rising, hysterical kind of anger that swallows any possibility of sense in a conversation or even in thought. Notice how the narrator is merely observing and reporting what had happened but Chughtai here is effecting a simultaneous exposure of a certain society and culture.

As she tossed and turned, her quilt made newer shapes on the wall but none of them held promise of life for her. Lesbianism here is a choice ismaf as an alternative to repressive heterosexuality.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It became the proverbial stick to beat me with and whatever I wrote afterwards got crushed under its weight.

The story was criticized by conservative literary critics who thought of simat as a radical feminist stance. Her existence was centred on herself and her itch. Indeed, Chughtai’s stories offer insightful glances into the conflicts faced when Muslims, Hindus, and Christians live side by side.


No trivia or quizzes yet. Or was it when she watched through the drawing room door the increasing number of firm-calved, supple- chughtaii boys and delicacies begin to come for them from the kitchen!

Some writers try to ignore the hard and harsh truths of life, and only a few others try to denude it. Along with the child narrator we too enter the world of Begum Jaan. She sums up her courage to step down from her bed and switch on the light.

Literary Radicalism in India: The kind of loss that comes not from brushing against death but from the awareness that one is constantly vulnerable to it.

Full text of “Lihaaf [ The Quilt] Ismat Chughtai”

Then came the slurping sound of a cat licking a plate These are not just stories about sex, misogynistic society and oppression but tje of humanity and inner feelings of the soul. She talks not just of women but of the socially oppressed, the weak, the poor and her work stands testimony of the fact that her explorations are wide ranging delving deep into issues which disturb and agitate us, at times forcing us out of our smugness. The stories that didn’t impress me were due to a strong emotional reaction, more than a reading of the story.

As mentioned earlier too, the story succeeds in tje fore grounding the issue of female sexuality. She rarely moved out.

Decoding the ‘feminist’ in Ismat Chughtai’s most (in)famous short story, Lihaaf

She, too, was fond of me. It seemed as though a large frog was inflating itself noisily and was about to leap on me. The line was superfluous and inartistic because the suggestiveness in the story had already successfully conveyed the real import of the events that had happened.