Google celebrates the 107th birthday of Padma Shri Ismat Chughtai through doodles. A strong voice for the women, she represented every woman from every household irrespective of their religion, caste, creed or colour. In this patriarchal society, this Urdu writer dared to pen down sensitive topics like female sexuality, feminism and class conflict.
She received Padma Shri from the government of India in 1976 and Ghalib award in 1984. This avant garde author was way ahead of her time as she saw all religions equal and simultaneously read The Quran, the Gita and the Bible. She also held a place as a screenwriter for Bollywood with hits like Arzoo (1950), Faraib (1953) and Sone ki Chidiya (1958).
Chugtai passed away in 1991 at the age of 76. She always encouraged reading and writing as ventilation for the mind. Brainfeed wishes a very happy birthday to this modern lady who is still present amidst us with her creations and encourages everyone to read and write more.