Satire and Humour
Renowned Urdu satire and humour writer Yusuf Nazim dies today
morning in Mumbai. He was 91, informed the family sources.
He was in a local
hospital since last few weeks and was shifted to his Bandra
residence on July 21 late in the evening.
Yusuf Nazim was born on November 18,
in 1918 at Jalna, a small town in Maharashtra.
After the early education in Jalna and
Intermediate from Osmania College Aurangabad, he graduated in 1942
in BA (Urdu) from Osmania University Hyderabad and went on to
complete MA (Urdu) from the same university in 1944. Later on he
joined as Labour Officer in Hyderabad and transferred to Mumbai as
Assistant Labour Commissioner in 1960. He retired in 1976 as Deputy
Though Yusuf Nazim started his
literary life during his school days by writing Urdu Ghazals
and poetries, he shifted to writing humour and satire in 1944 and
after the breakthrough at Meezan and Payam, he
acquired the top slot in the field very soon.
During this tenure he wrote hundreds
of satiric essays, mini-essays and short stories that were compiled
in over thirty books. Prominent among them are Kaif o Kam,
Footnote, Deewaria, Albatta, Fakat, Warna and Min Jumla.
His reviews and humouous columns were
regularly published in Siasat, Inquilab, Urdu Times, the leading
Urdu Indian dailies, and Blitz, the prominent Urdu weekly of the
his age and poor health, Yusuf Nazim remained in constant
He held the post of Member Secretary of Maharashtra State
Urdu Academy for a very long time and also as President of
Maharashtra Anjuman-e-Taraqqi Urdu Hind. He was president of
Zinda-Dilan-e-Bombay till his death.
He was conferred with
Ghalib Award in 1984, Mahindrasingh Bedi Award by Haryana Urdu
Academy in 1992 and Literary Award by Madhya Pradesh Urdu Academy in
1999. Government of Maharashtra honoured him with a State Award in
Condolence messages are pouring in
from all across the Urdu Literary world ever since the news of his
demise was made public today morning.
"After his death the Urdu Literary
world would fail to find the kind of humour Yusuf Nazim ruled the
world with for years", said Hamid Iqbal Siddiquee, a Mumbai based
poet and grandson of Seemab Akbarabadi, one of the legendary figure
in Urdu poetry.
Terming him as one of the greatest
living figure in the Urdu World Imtiyaz Khalil, Deputy Editor
Sahafat, a Mumbai based Urdu daily said, "The void developed by
Yusuf Nazim's death would never be filled."
His funeral will take place at Naupada Burial Ground, Bandra
(West) in Mumbai today evening.