Tuesday, July 28, 2009
IBNE SAFI: July 26, 1928 to July 26, 1980 Special Tribute Week
Ibne Safi has for decades been the favourite fiction writer for millions of Urdu and other South Asian readers. Unbelievably, he wrote about 244 masterpieces which many consider the gems of Urdu literature. So strong was Ibne Safi's impact that his novels were translated into several regional languages as well as Urdu.
Safi started writing at a young age - including poetry. His earliest poetry was on "Khumriat" (about the use and affects of alcohol). He went on to prove most original in creating novels which weave together many themes in an attractive popular genre. His imaginary worlds took readers by storm through many decades and still do.
His characters were as well-known and popular among his readers as legendary fictional characters like Sherlock Homes - or more so. Besides their native countries, the main characters of both Jasoosi Duniya and Imran Series have had adventures around the world - England, Italy, Spain, Scotland, Pacific Islands, Zanzibar, South Africa, the United States of America and various other places.
Remarkably, Ibne Safi never left the Indian Subcontinent - yet the detailed descriptions he provided of the diverse localities have proven to be surprisingly accurate. Ibne Safi also created fictitious settings for his stories - names of places which since his writing can be found all over Pakistan and Indian cities and permamently in readers' own imaginations.
Technologies the author described in his novels have proven actual with the passage of time including a concept of a robot and Laser beam. Some find that there are also indications of insights and keys for the future within these novels.
"I don't know Urdu but have knowledge of detective novels of the Subcontinent. There is only one original writer - Ibn-e-Safi." Agatha Christie was reported to say when she stayed at Karachi airport for half hour for her transit flight.
Badar Munir wrote in an essay on Ibne Safi that he (Badar) used to recite the books of Ibne Safi to a 90 year old lady who was very fond of Safi's books. The lady was none other but the mother of the founder of Bangladesh Mujeeb-ur-Rehman.
Perhaps one of most lasting legacies can be found "On Page 113 of "Raa'ee Ka Parbat" with these words: "Don't worry about what people think of you, always keep an eye on what you are!"
The composite above is FULLY due to information found in the following tributes and links:
Sunday - 26th July Metro-1 aired an hour long program about Ibne Safi. A short 2 min promo was aired all day on Metro-1. Here's the youtube link for it:
Aaj TV news segment ran in all top-of-the-hour bulletins. The link for the complete segment is:
PS Other items in the media...
The Article in Dawn "Books & Authors" Section 26 July, 2009
The Article in Business Recorder Weekend Magazine 25th July 2009
ARY News, AAJ News, Express News have been airing segments about Ibne Safi during news transmissions...
And perhaps you will want to visit the Ibne Safi website here
To see an earlier oneheartforpeace item on Ibne Safi GO here
Let's all learn Urdu and beg for English translations!
Most of all, please remember Ibne Safi and his family in your prayers during this week of special memories as well as the people of Pakistan.
Posted by CN at 10:53 AM