‘Shikayat Num­ber’ brings chil­dren’s Urdu Lit­er­a­ture to a new area: Ed­i­tor Sathee

Daily Messenger - - Metropolitan - Staff Re­porter

KARACHI: Mah­nama Sathee, chil­dren’s premier Urdu monthly, is bring­ing out a spe­cial ‘shikayat’ num­ber in May, cel­e­brat­ing the fun­ni­est phase of one’s life, es­pe­cially the child­hood, with its all in­no­cence and mer­ri­ment. The ex­clu­sive ‘shikayat’ edi­tion is go­ing to fea­ture a host of short sto­ries, po­ems and es­says that will speak of a child’s in­cli­na­tion to com­plain of triv­ial ail­ments and will beau­ti­fully de­pict a child’s ten­dency to find fault with al­most ev­ery­thing they are ex­posed to, start­ing from a taste­less food be­ing served to the most chal­leng­ing school­days a child is sup­posed to ex­pe­ri­ence in his life. From the grief caused by the lack of toys to the griev­ance made out of a de­sire to out­shine the rest of the chil­dren in terms of pos­sess­ing triv­ial child­hood be­long­ings and keep­sakes, the forth­com­ing ‘shikayat’ num­ber of Monthly Sathee will be an all-en­com­pass­ing lit­er­ary trea­sure de­voted to chil­dren and young adults.

Ac­cord­ing to Mo­ham­mad Azam Tariq, chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture in Urdu is gain­ing ma­tu­rity, re­flect­ing ev­ery phase of child­hood, com­pris­ing di­a­per-wear­ing age to postcrawl­ing stages that are largely ruled by naivety, cre­at­ing ad­ven­tures, cel­e­bra­tions of small achieve­ments, con­sis­tent ex­plo­ration and then the ear-pierc­ing ju­bi­la­tion made out of dis­cov­er­ing some­thing new and more fas­ci­nat­ing.

“Ap­pear­ing in May 2018, Mah­nama Sathee’s spe­cial ‘shikayat’ edi­tion will cel­e­brate child­hood with its all in­no­cence and high­brow at­ti­tude to­wards learn­ing, school­ing and the other things ex­pe­ri­enced in the early years of one’s life in par­tic­u­lar. Frankly speak­ing, the ‘com­plain and get what you want’ is typ­i­cally an early child­hood phe­nom­e­non, which truly de­fines in­fancy, a golden pe­riod of one’s life no one wants to for­get in any case,” says Mo­ham­mad Tariq Khan, ed­i­tor, Mah­nama Sathee.

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