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Thursday, July 23, 2009 05:15:34 PM, Staff Reporter

Satire and Humour writer

Yusuf Nazim

Mumbai: 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 Labour Commissioner.


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 time. Despite his age and poor health,  Yusuf Nazim remained in constant demand.

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 1989.


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.











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