Umera Ahmed: One of the most prolific writer of Indian sub-continent

By Yusra Afaque

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing”

The above quote suits well on the legendary writer Umera Ahmed; a writer who has penned numerous novels which are worth reading and her fine works are worth writing for.

Umera Ahmed, one of the most widely read and popular Urdu novelist was born on 10th December 1976 in Sialkot Pakistan. She completed her Masters in English Literature from Murray College, Sialkot. Later, she joined a college as a lecturer but then left her job to focus on writing.

She began her professional career as an Urdu author and novelist in 1998 with the short story ‘Zindagi Gulzar Hai’ which later became one of the most acclaimed serial in Pakistan and overseas.

One of the reasons that Umera Ahmed is most read writer is that, her story revolves around realistic experience and social problems with women taking the lead. Ahmed makes it a point to uplift and promote the image of women she portrays in her novel in such a way that they can serve as a role model for other women in the society who aspire to climb high and independently in personal and professional life. Examples of this can be found in her well known novels and short stories such as Momina in Alif, Kashaf in Zindagi Gulzar Hai, Imama in Pir-e Kamil and Saba in Meri Zaat Zarra-e-Benishan.

Overall Umera Ahmed has written around 25 books and over 22 of them have been adapted in serials. Her books have also been translated to English and Arabic.

Though she enjoyed success and recognition from the very start of her career, it was her 2004 bestselling novel Pir-e-Kamil that launched her as one of the most successful and influential writers of Indian sub-continent.

Novels: Few of her most famous novels are:

La Hasil (2000)

Amar Bail (2004)

Pir-e-Kamil (2004)

Thoda sa Aasman (2006)

Man-o-Salwa (2009)

Aab-e-Hayat (Sequel to Pir-e-Kamil) (2017)

Alif (2019)

Novelettes and Short Stories: Apart from the novels, Umera Ahmed is also known for short stories and novelettes. Some of the most famous ones are:

Meri Zaat Zarra-e-Benishan (2000)

Zindagi Gulzar Hai (2004)

Main Ne Khwabo Ka Shajar Dekha Hai (2002)

Serials: Most of her books have been adapted into hit television shows. Some of the most watched and famous TV serials are:

Amar Bail (2005)

La Hasil (2006)

Man-o-Salwa (2007)

Thoda Sa Aasman (2008)

Doraha (2008)

Malaal (2009)

Meri Zaat Zarra-e-Benishan (2009)

Qaid-e-Tanhai (2010)

Udaan (2010)

Alif (2019)

Awards: Till date Umera Ahmed has received many awards and accolades. I am listing some of the important ones here:

Best Writer (2005): Wujood-e- Laraib-Indus Vision Drama Awards

Best Serial-Amar Bail (2006): TV One Popular Choice Awards

Best Director (2006): La Haasil-Lux Style Awards

Best Serial (2007): Man-o-Salwa- Lux Style Awards

Best Serial (2009): Thoda sa Aasman- Lux Style Awards


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