The rich and diverse Urdu literature has produced some of the most enduring works of fiction in the world. From sweeping historical epics to intimate character studies, these novels have captivated readers for centuries and continue to inspire new generations of writers.
Graana.com has compiled a list of some of the best novels in Urdu literature that you should read. From classic tales of love and loss to modern stories of self-discovery and social commentary, these novels offer something for everyone.
15 Best Novels in Urdu
The following is a list of some of the top Urdu novels of all time.
“Aag Ka Darya” by Qurratulain Hyder
Considered one of the greatest novels in Urdu literature, “Aag Ka Darya” is a tale of love, loss, and self-discovery, set against the backdrop of the partition of India. The story follows the lives of a diverse set of characters as they navigate the tumultuous events of that time and seek to find their place in the world.
Written by Qurratulain Hyder, one of the foremost writers of the 20th century. “Aag Ka Darya” is a masterpiece of storytelling that has been hailed for its depth and complexity.
“Manto Ke Afsanay” by Saadat Hasan Manto
Saadat Hasan Manto is widely considered one of the greatest writers of Urdu literature. His short stories are a testament to his skill as a storyteller. Manto’s works delve into the complexities of the human experience.
His work is known for its frank depiction of complex topics such as sexuality, violence, and social injustice.
“Manto Ke Afsanay” is a collection of some of Manto’s best-known stories. Whether you are a fan of short fiction or simply looking to explore the work of one of the greats of Urdu literature, this collection is sure to captivate and inspire you.
“Bano” by Razia Butt
“Bano” is a poignant tale of a young woman’s journey toward self-discovery and independence. Set in pre-partition India, the novel follows the life of Bano as she navigates the challenges of being a woman in a male-dominated society.
Along the way, she must confront her own fears and doubts, and learn to find her own voice in a world that often tries to silence her.
It is a beautifully written and deeply moving novel and is a must-read for anyone interested in strong, complex female characters and the struggles they face in a patriarchal society.
“Jangloos” by Shaukat Siddiqui
“Jangloos” is a powerful novel about the struggle for independence in Pakistan. It tells the story of a group of peasants who band together to fight for their rights and for a better future.
Along the way, they must confront the forces of oppression and injustice, and learn to stand up for themselves and their beliefs.
“Jangloos” is a thought-provoking and engaging novel that explores themes of social justice, resistance, and the human spirit.
“Lahasil” by Umera Ahmed
“Lahasil” is a heart-wrenching tale of love, loss, and forgiveness. The novel follows the lives of two individuals, Zain and Saba, as they navigate the complexities of relationships and try to find their place in the world. Along the way, they must confront their own demons and learn to overcome their differences in order to find happiness.
The writer of this masterpiece is Umera Ahmed, one of the most popular contemporary Urdu writers.
“Kashf-ul-Mahjoob” by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
“Kashf-ul-Mahjoob” is a spiritual classic that explores the concept of divine revelation and the search for truth. Written by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the founder of the Ahmadiyya movement.
Whether you are a student of Sufism or simply interested in the mystic tradition in Islam, “Kashf-ul-Mahjoob” is a must-read. It is a testament to Ahmad’s deep understanding of spiritual life and his ability to communicate complex ideas in a clear manner.
“Pani Ka Kuan” by Shazia Chaudhary
“Pani Ka Kuan” is a beautiful novel about the bonds of family and the power of love. It tells the story of a young woman’s journey to find her place in the world and heal the wounds of the past. Along the way, she must confront her own fears and doubts, and learn to forgive and move on from the traumas of her past.
The writer of “Pani Ka Kuan” is Shazia Chaudhary. She is one of the most prominent Urdu writers, a beautifully written and deeply moving novel.
“Mughal-e-Azam” by Nawab Mirza Khan Dabir
“Mughal-e-Azam” is a historical novel that tells the story of the Mughal Emperor Akbar and his relationships with his sons, especially his son Salim, who later became Emperor Jahangir. The novel delves into the political and personal struggles of the Mughal court, and the intricate power dynamics between the various factions vying for control.
Nawab Mirza Khan Dabir is the writer of this novel. If you like reading about Mughal history, this is the right book for you.
“Aangan” by Khadija Mastoor
Published in 1962, “Aangan” is a beautifully written novel that tells the story of a family in pre-partition India. The novel focuses on the lives of the daughters in the family.
It also explains the challenges they face in a society that is rigidly divided along gender lines. The novel deals with themes of love, loss, and the search for identity in a rapidly changing world.
Khadija Mastoor calls Aangan her “masterpiece”. It is currently available in 13 different languages. The book addresses the background of the independence movement and current political events.
“Khakam Badahan” by Mushtaq Ahmed Yusufi
“Khakam Badahan” is a satirical novel that takes a humorous look at the bureaucracy and corruption in Pakistan.
The novel follows the misadventures of the hapless protagonist, Shamsher Ali, as he navigates the labyrinthine world of government bureaucracy. The novel is a hilarious and poignant commentary on the state of the nation.
“Udas Naslain” by Abdullah Hussain
“Udas Naslain” is a classic novel that tells the story of a young girl named Naslein. She was forced to leave her home and embarks on a journey of self-discovery. The novel deals with themes of loss, identity, and the search for meaning in a world.
This was the debut novel of Abdullah Hussain, which eventually led to his fame in the literary circle. Historical events like the British Raj, the Indian Independence Movement, and the partition of India are all described in detail.
“Peer-e-Kamil” by Umera Ahmed
Published in 2004, Umera Ahmed’s Peer-e-Kamil is a very well-known Urdu novel.
Salaar Sikandar and Imama Hashmi are the main protagonists in the narrative. It tells the tale of the society’s deviant sect, which rejects the infallibility of the Prophet (PBUH).
Umera Ahmed skilfully tackles the themes of spirituality and religion, producing an enriching, optimistic, and inspiring tale.
“Dastaan” by Faiz Ahmed Faiz
Written by Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz “Dastaan” is a collection of poems. The poems deal with themes of love, loss, and the struggle for social justice. Faiz’s work is deeply moving and evocative.
“Baba Sahiba” by Ashfaq Ahmed
Written by Ashfaq Ahmed, “Baba Sahiba” is a collection of short stories. The stories in this collection deal with themes of love, loss, and the search for meaning in a chaotic world.
“Khol Do” by Sadat Hasan Manto
“Khol Do” is a collection of short stories by Sadat Hasan Manto. This novel revolves around the themes of violence, oppression, and the human cost of conflict. Manto’s writing is powerful and poignant, boldly portraying the extent of human depravity.
Each of these novels offers a unique perspective on the human experience. It is sure to leave a lasting impression on the readers. You can order these books from top online bookstores in Pakistan.
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