CONTENTS:- Foreword. 1. The sun’s eye/Shiv K. Kumar. 2. The story of a cold night/Syed Sirajuddin. 3. The second exile/Syed Sirajuddin. 4. The censored generation/Syed Sirajuddin. 5. The last indictment/Satyanarain Singh. 6. The museum/Taqi Ali Mirza. 7. The city of reproach/B.A. Farooqui. 8. The seminar/Madan Gupta. 9. Splintered mirror/Madan Gupta. 10. Story of a sad afternoon/Madan Gupta. 11. A day with birds/Yousuf Kamaal. 12. The panther/Anwar Saleem. 13. An ant/Jameel Shaidai. 14. Earth O earth/Jameel Shaidai. 15. Earth/Jameel Shaidai. 16. The city that is dead now/Syed Sirajuddin. 17. A day/Jameel Shaidai. 18. Biography/Jameel Shaidai. 19. Safari park/Anwar Saleem. 20. Defeated spirit/Qadeer JEFF. 21. The last man of autumn/Madan Gupta. 22. Document/Anwar Saleem.
The book is basically an English version of author’s short stories written in Urdu, and published in various famous magazines of Urdu literature. The translators are eminent English writers, such as Prof. Shiv K. Kumar, Prof. Syed Sirajuddin, Prof. Taqi Ali Mirza, Prof. Satnarayan Singh, Prof. Yousuf Kamal, Madan Gupta, Prof. A.B. Farooqui (U.K.) and others. The stories which have been selected for this volume are very popular. Critics often refer them in their essays and articles and include them in agendas when they arrange literary meetings, seminars and symposiums. We do hope the element pointed out by him will also be felt and appreciated by others. This translation would certainly open vistas to those who are interested to know the modern trends in Urdu.