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Gilgit Khan

Gilgit Khan

(Penguin Petit)

Saadat Hasan Manto
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Shahbaz Khan had only one problem with Hamzah Khan, the new employee at the restaurant: his looks. Hamzah was dedicated, knew how to get the coal at the best prices, treated the customers right, but that didn’t take away from the fact that he was ugly. But Hamzah Khan—or Gilgit Khan as everyone had come to call him—didn’t mind this much because he had found a companion in a puppy outside the restaurant. While Shahbaz Khan thought that the dog was even more unsightly than Gilgit Khan, the latter had never been happier.

The thing about love—even it is for an animal—is that you don’t realize its intensity until you venture too deep. Once you are aware of it, it is too late to do anything. Will it be too late by the time Gilgit Khan experiences his moment of realization?

Many of Manto’s characters display logical, but entirely human, contradictions. Whether it’s Shahbaz Khan’s piousness against his bigotry or Gilgit Khan’s kindness in the shadow of his crudeness, Manto elevates the art of storytelling. Read on to find out what lies in store for Gilgit Khan and his beloved Tan-Tan.

Imprint: Penguin

Published: Jan/2018

Length : 15 Pages

MRP : ₹15.00

Gilgit Khan

(Penguin Petit)

Saadat Hasan Manto

Shahbaz Khan had only one problem with Hamzah Khan, the new employee at the restaurant: his looks. Hamzah was dedicated, knew how to get the coal at the best prices, treated the customers right, but that didn’t take away from the fact that he was ugly. But Hamzah Khan—or Gilgit Khan as everyone had come to call him—didn’t mind this much because he had found a companion in a puppy outside the restaurant. While Shahbaz Khan thought that the dog was even more unsightly than Gilgit Khan, the latter had never been happier.

The thing about love—even it is for an animal—is that you don’t realize its intensity until you venture too deep. Once you are aware of it, it is too late to do anything. Will it be too late by the time Gilgit Khan experiences his moment of realization?

Many of Manto’s characters display logical, but entirely human, contradictions. Whether it’s Shahbaz Khan’s piousness against his bigotry or Gilgit Khan’s kindness in the shadow of his crudeness, Manto elevates the art of storytelling. Read on to find out what lies in store for Gilgit Khan and his beloved Tan-Tan.

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Saadat Hasan Manto

SAADAT HASAN MANTO is the most widely read and controversial short story writer in Urdu. A pre-eminent practitioner of the genre, he produced twenty-two collections
of short stories.


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