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