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Forth time around
By: Altaf Hussain Asad

If you have written an autobiography or plan to write one,
you better not exaggerate or distort facts, as there is an old man who leaps at
every new autobiography and dissects it with his scalpel of a pen. Although he
is based in Canada these days, he makes sure he receives all the new memoirs or
autobiographies published anywhere in the world.

A retired professor of Urdu with a vast teaching experience,
Dr Pervez Parwazi has translated selected Japanese poetry as well as fiction
into Urdu. He has edited the memoirs of Sir Zafrullah Khan as well. In 2003, he
published the first volume of Pasnavisht in which he dissects autobiographies
written in Urdu. Ever since, this initiative has turned into a passion and he
has critically analysed almost all the important autobiographies written in

The 384-page fourth volume of Pasnavisht introduces readers
to many more memoirs and autobiographies. For instance, Justuju Kia Hai by
celebrated Intizar Husain. Parwazi gives full marks to Intizar Husain for
writing a splendid sequel to Chiragon Ka Dhuwan. He seems enamoured by the
prose of Intizar Husain and thus gives him a clean chit.

But Ahmad Hasan Dani is not that lucky. Parwazi thinks Dani
should not have meddled with the foreign ministry to highlight the Kashmir
issue. In his autobiography, Dani gives sweeping statements regarding the
failure of the foreign ministry to highlight the Kashmir issue properly. Now
this is something which Perwazi refuses to tolerate as he believes that Dani
should not have meddled in the matter about which he knew little. His point is

Parwazi is unreasonably harsh on Raza Ali Abidi whose
autobiography Radio Kay Din is a finely written memoir of his broadcasting
years. Dr Parwazi disapproves of a remark against a particular religious

He is all praise for the autobiography of Kashmiri
educationist Agha Ashraf Ali, titled Kuch Tau Likh Kay Log Kehte Hain. He
recommends this autobiography to educationists, to learn from the rich
experience of a renowned scholar. Another very positive aspect of the
autobiography is that it contains a very vivid portrayal of an unsung genius,
Daud Rahbar.

Parwazi lashes out hard on his classmate Waqar Bin Elahi,
who tries to follow the footsteps of Casanova in his autobiography ‘Maa Mein
Thak Gaya Houn’. Also, Elahi alludes to Prof. Hoodbhoy in a negative tone which
Parwazi refuses to ignore. He thinks Elahi should have refrained from such

Pasnavisht’s fourth volume is a collection of 67
autobiographies and memoirs, written both by known and unknown personalities.
Dr Pervez Parwazi’s approach is mature when disagreeing with authors. But to
err is human and one feels at times he fails to give credit where it is due.

Hafeez Siddiqui’s autobiographical essays are a delight to
read as they show us the vignettes of an era rich in higher human values. But
Parwazi fails to appreciate them.

One feels he gives too much importance to authors with whom
he shares his religious background. Take, Abdul Waheed Zafar’s memoir ‘Kasurwar
Kaun’. It is nothing unusual. But the way Parwazi waxes lyrical about this
mediocre book is quite unbecoming of a serious scholar.

Nevertheless, Dr Pervez Parwazi has done a remarkable job by
compiling four volumes on Urdu autobiographies and memoirs. There is every
reason to believe that his pen will not run out of ink in the near future. The
kind of prose he writes is hard to come by these days. Even Daud Rahbar, a
class apart as far as prose is concerned, liked his style in writing prose.


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The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint or stance of SDPI.