URDU BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS: A List of Must Read Urdu Books
Here is a list of Urdu book recommendations from my side along with resources and links on how to find them. I have also added a few books that I still haven’t read myself but are on my list of must read Urdu books.
URDU BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS
1. PATRAS KAY MAZAMEEN
Simple language, witty and hilarious! Patras Kay Mazameen is a series of short articles by Patras Bukhari that I absolutely love! This one definitely makes the list of must read Urdu books because it’s a classic!
2. HIMAQATEIN AUR MAZEED HIMAQATEIN BY SHAFEEQ-UR-RAHMAN:
These two books are also my absolute favourite and always refresh me with their simplicity, hilarious plots and unforgettable characters.
3. BAJANG AMAD BY COL. MOHAMMAD
I listened to the audio book of this one on audible and it’s one of my forever favourites for Urdu book recommendations. Col. Mohammad shares with us a diary of a solder from the Indian subcontinent in the British army fighting World War II. There is a unique combination of humour, history, irony, emotions and feelings in this book, that only a writer of his caliber can deliver.
4. ULJHAY SULJHAY ANWAR BY IMRANA ANWAR:
I wanted to include a recent book in this list and recently enjoyed the book Imrana Anwar wrote about her celebrity husband Anwar Maqsood. The language is simple and I love her honest narrative.
5. CHALTAY HO TO CHEEN KO CHALIAY BY IBNE INSHA
How can I list must read Urdu books and not mention Ibne Insha? I love his travel diaries and seeing the world through his perspective.
6. RAJA GIDH BY BANO QUDSIA
This book has multiple layers and needs a deep understanding of human nature and mysticism to understand this gem by Bano Qudsia.
7. WORKS OF MANTO
I love Saadat Hasan Manto for his commentary on social issues. While the language is simple, the topics can leave you depressed since Manto shows us the real face of society. I love his sketches of famous personalities of his times and especially “Mera Sahab” about Quaid-e-azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
HONOURABLE MENTIONS FOR URDU BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS:
I would like to mention a few more Urdu books here for you to read: Zargazisht by Mushtaq Ahmed Yousafi, the travel stories by Mustansir Hussain Tarrar, Hind Yatra by Mumtaz Mufti and Zawaiya by Ashwaq Ahmed.
How to find these Books
All these books are available in book stores in Pakistan. You can also get them delivered anywhere in Pakistan through Liberty Books. Do check your public libraries. Calgary Public Library has a great physical collection of Urdu books.
Rekhta has many books available on their site.
Adeeb-online is a new app with a big collection of Urdu books.
YouTube has many videos of Urdu books narrated by amateurs. You can search directly. I can not speak for their quality though since they are mostly done at home.
Hope you enjoyed my Urdu book recommendations. Which ones would you add to the list?