Archive for authorAkhil Katyal

Akhil Katyal is a writer and translator based in Delhi. His first book of poems 'Night Charge Extra' is forthcoming with Writers Workshop, Kolkata.

Ismat Chughtai’s Lihaf: A Short Note

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"Marz, ya Lat": in her Urdu short story Lihaf (The Quilt) written in the 1940s, Ismat Chugtai conceptualized same-sex desire as both medical condition and as excessive habit, notions that co-existed in the colonial India of her time.