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Deepak Budki

Deepak BudkiDeepak Budki is a renowned Urdu short story writer. He started writing short stories in 1971. His first short story "Salma" was published in the Daily Hamdard, Srinagar. One of his short stories 'Reyzey' was televised by Doordarshan Srinagar. In 1976 he qualified for Indian Postal Services and thereafter gave up writing short stories for almost twenty years. 1996 saw the rebirth of the writer., ever since he has published more than sixty short stories which have been published in the leading magazines of Indo-Pak subcontinent, United Kingdom and other countries where Urdu is read and understood. His short stories have been translated in Hindi, Telugu and other countries where Urdu is read and understood. His short stories have been translated in Hindi, Telugu and Kashmiri as well. His two collections of short stories, 'Adhoore Chehre' and 'Chinar Ke Panje' have been published in 1999 and 2005 while “Zebra crossing per Khada Adami' is expected to be released shortly. Budki is a big name in Urdu literature. A few leading magazines have brought out special issues in his honour.

The author's short stories have received rave reviews from such leading luminaries of Urdu—Sultana Mehr, Waris Aalvi, Harcharan Chawla, Syed Zafar Hashmi, Anwar Sadeed. The deftness and the artistry with which Budki weaves his short stories has been much appreciated. His stories, which paint the agonies of humanity, make the reader to sit back and ponder over where the society has gone wrong. In a rare compliment Prof. Qamar Rais writes:

"The short stories create a unique and individualistic impression which is not seen in other contemporary writers. Whether it is 'Amma', 'Mange Ke Ujala' or 'Chinar Ke Panje every story has something to think and ponder about". In 2006 Deepak Budki sprang up a surprise by coming out with a book of critical essays and Reviews—"Asri Tehreerin-Tanqeedi Mazameen Wa Tabasure'. The book makes a critical study of works of Manik Tala, Gulzar, Dr. Brij Premi and Virender Patwari, all contemporary short story writers. The famous prose writer 'Kaiser Tamkeen' of Britain describes Budki's work on Manak Tala as good as a dissertation. The author is a master artist, with flair for Urdu calligraphy.

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