Famous writer Ibrahim Jalees being remembered today

October 26, 2011

Famous writer Ibrahim Jalees being remembered today

Staff ReportKARACHI: Ibrahim Jalees was born on August 22, 1924, at Bangalore, With a flair for literature, he had begun broadcasting and writing for local newspapers and magazines during his student days. Jalees began his literary career in 1938 and like most writers of that time was influenced by the Progressive Writers Movement. His first collection of short stories, ZardChehrey, was published in 1945 reflecting poverty. In 1941, he caused quite a sensation when his short story ‘Rishta’. He migrated to Pakistan soon after the fall of Deccan in 1948. Jalees’s memorable piece, Do Mulk, AikKahani, was an acknowledgement of his disillusionment in Pakistan where he spent his hard days in sheer survival though he won acclaim as a columnist commenting on current affairs in a lighter vein. On his return from a six-week tour of China, in 1951, he wrote a travelogue, NaiDeewar-I-Cheen. Jalees went to Karachi in 1955 and in 1957, when MajeedLahori died, Jalees joined Jang where he wrote the humour column ‘WaghairaWaghaira’. Later, he joined Anjaam as editor but resigned after a while because of a disagreement with the owners. He then launched his own weekly, AwamiAdalat, but it fell victim to the lack of funds. In 1976, Ibrahim Jalees became the editor of Musawat, the daily newspaper launched from Karachi by the Pakistan People’s Party. In 1977, the PPP government was toppled by the martial law and the publication of Musawat was suspended. Jalees fell ill and was hospitalised but passed away the very next day, on October 26, 1977.Other books written by him include UltiQabr, NekiKar Thane Ja, OoperShervani Ander Pareshani, HanseAurPhanse, ShuguftaShugufta and Kala Chor. SAMAA