by Qudratullah Shahab
Qudratullah Shahab is one of the well known Urdu who also was a public servant and had different high bureaucracy positions so he saw the state matters very closely. His spiritual approach is clearly visible in all his novels and short stories. Maan Ji by Qudratullah Shahab is one of the masterpieces of short Urdu stories with spiritual, social, and fiction stories full of emotions and spiritual thoughts. This book contains fiction, journey, novel, and spiritual self-development stories. Maan Ji is an Urdu word for mother. Qudratullah Shahab started the book with describing his mother and the family movement to a new city where they were later settled. Then he describes his job, marriage and the achievements in the. He also describes his experiences in small stories to entertain the readers and describe the reality of life.
This book has different short stories starting with his mother and ending on a journey. These stories includes Maan ji (Mother), 18-Civil Line, Iqbal ki Faryad (Iqbal’s Complaint), Aasaar-e-Qadeema (Antique), Ae Bani Israel (Calling Bani Israel), Aik Puncture (One Puncture), Aap Beeti (Autobiography), Ayesha aa Gae (Ayesha came), Gham-e-Jana (Sadness for Love), Railway Junction, Sardar Jaswant Singh, Number Please, Surkh Feeta (Red Ribbon), Pakay Pakay Aam (Rotton Mangoes), Phoray wali Taang (Leg with swelling), Stenographer, Shalwar, Jag Jag, Aaya, Talash (Search), Do Ranga (Double Colored), Jaltarang, Le Day (Give and Take), Karachi, and Patiala Peg.