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. The prevalent trend is to classify Manto’s work into stories of Partition or stories of prostitutes but neither Partition nor prostitution gave birth to the genius of Saadat Hasan Manto. They only furnished him with an occasion to reveal the truth of the human condition.
On Manto’s birthday, we delve deeper into factors that moulded Manto’s creative world and showcase him as an astonishing writer who truly was unstoppable.