This day, May 11, marks the 108th anniversary of the birth of the literary giant Saadat Hasan Manto who was an eminent author and writer.
Saadat Hasan Manto was remembered for his outstanding services to the world of Urdu Literature.
The writer was born on May 11, 1912 in Samrala, in the British Indian state of Punjab, and is known for his candid and often provocative narratives. He was widely accredited as one of the most talented modernist fiction writers in South Asia.
His most famous short stories were Khool Do, Kaali Shalwar and Toba Tek Singh among many others.
Manto charted controversial territory, which few writers dared to explore, through his relentless exploration of marginalized characters and social taboos.
Saadat Hasan Manto has published 22 short story collections throughout his prolific career, but he was not limited to the medium; he has also written a novel, three essay collections, over 100 radio plays and over 15 film scripts.
Excessive alcohol intake led Manto to liver cirrhosis and he died at the age of 44 on 18 January 1955, in an apartment in Lahore, off Hall Road.