A Brief about the Famous Poet Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi (Bazar e Hayat is famous poetry book)
Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi is prominent progressive poet, short storey writer, and journalist. He also published a major literary journal called Funoon. which he published with complete dedication till his death.
Qasmi was born on 20 November, 1916 at Koranga in Khushab tehsil of Sargodha. He received his early education at his village. In 1935, he got his degree of M. A. from Punjab University.
He started working as a scribe in the Reform Commissioner’s office at Lahore in 1936. After working at different places, he met Manto in Delhi in 1941. Noteworthy that, Manto was then writing scripts for films. Qasmi wrote lyrics for these films but unfortunately none of the films were ever released.
Following the Partition of India, he wrote dialogues for three films Aghosh, Do Rastey and Lori. In 1942, he returned from Delhi to Lahore and took to editing Imtiaz Ali Taj’s journals Phool and Taleem-e Niswan. which were finally published from Darul Ishaat, Punja, Lahore. He worked as a script writer for Radio Pakistan at Peshawar but did not continue there for long.
In 1947, he joined the editorial board of reputed journal Savera and was elected Secretary General of Progressive Writers Association, Pakistan. Because of his anti-establishment attitude. He was even than arrested and imprisoned for seven months. In 1963, he launched his own journal Funoon. Furthermore, from 1974 to 2006, he has been working as the Direcor of Majlis-e Tarraqi Adab, Lahore. Qasmi passed away in July 2006 at Lahore.
Qasmi’s collections of short stories include Chaupal, Bagooley, Tulu-o-Ghuroob, Girdaab, Sailaab, Aanchal, Aabley, Aas Paas, Dar-o-Deewaar, Sannata, Bazaar-e Hayaat, Barg-e Henna, Ghar se Ghar Tak, Neela Paththar, Kapaas ka Phool, Koh Paima, and Patjadh. His poems are collected in Rim Jhim, Jalaal-o-Jamaal, Shola-i-Gul, Dasht-e Wafaa, Muheet, Dawaam, Tehzeeb-o-Fan, Dhadkanein, Lauh-e Khaak, Arz-o-Sama and Noor-e Jamaal. His critical books are Adab aur Taleem ke Rishtey Pas-e Lafz, and Maani ki Talaash.