The The Quilt Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, The Quilt study guide contains a biography of Ismat Chughtai, literature. ‘Lihaaf’ or the ‘Quilt’ was written in and published some time later in in Adab-e-Latif. The story brought immediate notoriety to Ismat because the. SHORT STORY Lihaaf [The Quilt] O Ismat Chughtai Translated from Urdu by M. Asaduddin In the last issue of manushi, while reviewing Deepa Mehta’s Fire, we.

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She rarely moved out. The narrator now a grown woman recollects how Rabbu and Begum Jan were a topic of amused conversation at social functions and gatherings. Such things did exist even though people turned a conveniently blind eye to them.

The child narrator does not understand what is happening and naively states that her body would have simply disintegrated under so much pounding. There was only the smell of attar, sandalwood and henna, nothing else.

Rabbu and Begum Jaan were the subject of their gossip during leisure hours. Begum Jaan had decked herself up elaborately and perfumed herself with the warm scent of attars. Literary Radicalism in India: As the light came on the lihaf did a somersault and collapsed. Merely factual descriptions of observed reality are given along with hints and suggestions, which often leave things to the imagination of the reader. While ‘The Quilt’ is certainly a landmark story when it comes to explore female sexuality and that too homosexuality, Isamt Chugthai also manages to weave other terrific stories in this collection.

Begum Jaan lay still Mouse-like, I snuggled into my quilt. When Amma decided to go to Agra, she left me with Begum Jaan for a week.

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Having married her and installed her as his wife he forgets all about her, leaving her to pine away in loneliness while he has his rendezvous with the young boys he prefers to surround himself with. The lonely Begum starts to wither but is saved by Rabbo, her masseuse. When a book moves me, it feels like catharsis but with Chughtai’s stories it felt like a build up. This holding back cbughtai the right time is what makes Chughtai avoid exhibitionism and pornography while at the same time she places all the hints at our disposal to enable us to make our own inferences.


But nothing really pleased him. A doll that sleeps or wakes up as you want? I woke up at night and was scared.

There was a problem adding your email address. The stories themselves are fantastic. The elephant stopped shaking and the quilt came down. She quilf a picture of grandeur, reclining on the couch. Relatives, however, would come for visits and would stay for months while she remained a prisoner in the house. Other maids handed over the necessary things at the door, muttering disapproval.

A strange fright overwhelmed me.

And she would massage with such vigour that even imagining it made me sick. But don’t expect happy romances; these are arranged, often brutal unions.

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The Quilt & Other Stories by Ismat Chughtai

Spending a melancholic moody Monday evening in the company of Ismat Appa with “Quilt Lihaaf and other stories”. They almost walk out of the pages to stand before us as real flesh and blood figures. It’s not chugtai lesbian desire that the story speaks of; it is only a sexual desire resorted to in the absence of marital satisfaction. Rabbu goes away; Begum Jan is distraught and dejected.

Jun 20, Miranda Brist rated it really liked it. The characters are all amusing and interesting in their own way. I had an awful time being able to get the book and finally found it on Amazon, paperback.


Begum Jaan was oblivious to all this, cut off as she was from the world outside. Lists with This Book. She can give an intimate portrait of situation, not always complimentary to the main tje, but relateable to the reader, and she is able to follow twists and turns as she sees fit. Scared, I went to bed rather early and pulled the quilt over me. All through the year Begum Jaan would wear Hyderbadi jaali karga kurtas, white and billowing, and brightly coloured pyjamas.

Amma always disliked my playing with boys. Two pieces of advice: Want to Read saving…. It is rather sad that people often credit her only for her exploration of sexuality and breaking chughtao when in reality she has done much more than that.

There is a game that I’ve known young girls across countries to play. The ending of the story as it exists in the later versions of it is markedly different from how Chughtai had originally written it. View all 12 comments. They helped themselves to rich food and got warm stuff made for themselves while she stiffened with cold despite the new cotton in her quilt. The quilt looked perfectly innocent in the morning.

Knowing the Nawab we can only conjecture as to what might have happened to drive the young boy away but once again things are left at ismwt level of suggestion and nothing is explicitly stated or described. The quilt crept into my brain and began to grow larger.