Urdu, the official language of Pakistan, is not just restricted to Pakistan. It is widely spoken and understood in India and also in Afghanistan. Further more, Urdu is officially recognized by Our Constitution of India as one of the 22 official language. Urdu, to me is the language of love and God. A language that very beautifully and gracefully makes everything very respectable and charming. Moreover, Literature knows no language, no boundaries. So, why should we restrict our reading habits to just Hindi and English Languages? The Urdu literature comes from the development of Urdu Language. Urdu developed in Malegaon, while Urdu literature had its origin some time around the 14th century in present day North India. While the Urdu literature is mostly dominated by poetry,there is more to it than just Nazm and Ghazals. With the recent development of interest in writing Urdu literature has also stretched its wings to other styles of writing, like afsana, i.e., short stories and novels. So lets expand our horizon and add Urdu novels in our book list. Ahead, Urdu novels to read at least once in your life time.
#1 Pir-e-Kamil (Peer-e-Kamil)
Pir-e-Kamil by Umera Ahmed is one of the most recommended Urdu novels to read. Pir-e-Kamil meaning The Perfect Mentor, was first published in Urdu in 2004 and later on in English in 2011. The story revolves around two people, Imama Hashim, a runaway girl fighting for her religious beliefs and voice and Salar Sikander, a boy with an IQ of more than 150, yet not humble. The book talks about their turning points in lives. The tale of Imama and Salar will surely keep you stuck to the book. Religion, rebelition and Umera’s wonderful writing makes it a highly recommended Urdu novel to read.
Nimra Ahmed, the author of Namal is the 2nd most selling female author after Umera Ahmed. The book is inspired from the true and very famous Shahzeb Khan and NAB officer Kamran Faisal murder cases. Murder yet no justice from the Judicial System of Pakistan builds the frame of the novel. A very different story which highlights the power of the elite and the difference between the lower and the upper classes of the society. This book by Nimra wanders between the good and the bad and is worth reading.
#3 Pyar ka Pehla Sheher
One of the best Urdu romantic novels of all time, Pyar ka Pehla Sheher by Mustansar Hussain Tarar beautifully creates the picture of Paris to its readers. Another worthy novel from Pakistan, this book is a love story of a handicapped man. The subject or story of the book is very noble, telling the world love is beyond physical beauty and appearance. Even the not so lucky ones deserve to love and be loved. Tarar’s magical writing and a wonderful story-line makes this novel a must read.
Penned by Naseem Hijazi, Qaisar-o-Kasra talks about the rise of Islam in the Arabian Peninsula. The author Naseem Hijazi through his book describes the rise of politics, education and economic power. It also talks about the first muslim Community that was formed in Medina. Like all his writing, Hijazi in this novel too focused on the Islamic History. This is a very informative work and a must read for those interested in knowing about Islam.