An Overview of Urdu Mahia


  • Dr. Zeenat Bibi Assistant Professor, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Woman University Peshawar
  • Dr Muhammad Nasir Afridi Assistant Professor, Department of Urdu , Alhamd Islamic University Islamabad
  • Dr. Sajid Javed Assistant professor, Department of Urdu, University of Sargodha


Hijru Wasal, Mahinwal, Mahi, Loch Darlhaja, Varied Subject, Pleasure, Softness, Tenderness, Anxiety of Waiting, Feminine Speech, Gntleness


Franz Kafka is what only Franz Kafka could be. He was one of the stalwarts of twentieth century literature who hued out new vistas of meanings in literature,  carved a niche in literary genre called ' Kafkaesque ' and leaving questions through his creative works that have the ability to continue to haunt his discerning readers. Translated into urdu, Kafka has come to create a special bond with his urdu language readers through some splendid translations which have removed semantic barriers between the creator and his avid audience. In the present article, the writer has focused on Kafka's two seminal works; Metamorphisis and The Trial to bring out issues which permeate Kafka's writing. Different layers of meaning and literary interpretations of these two works have been analyzed threadbare so as to understand Kafka through the prism of multiple perspectives.


Hadmar Qaried, Punjabi look geet. Maham, Contents: Urdu Muna Maha Nari, Farhad Publications, Islamabad, 1997, p. 4

Muhammad Iqbal Najmi, Abad Rahane Belle, Contents, Genres of Literature: Understanding and Comprehension, Compiled by: Dr. Arshad Mahmood Nashad, National Book Foundation, Islamabad, 2014, p.80

Dr. Salim Akhtar, Tankeedi Astlahat, Sang-e-Milam Publications, Lahore, 2011, pp. 331-332

Dr. Nawazish Ali, Urdu Mahya: Beginning and Evolution, Contents: Pakistani Era of Urdu Literature, Allama Iqbal Open Trust, Islamabad, 2006, p. 47

Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, Pakistan ky look , Contents: Genres of Literature, Tafhamb and Tabru, p. 77

Dr. Bushrap Samid, Pakistan Mahya Urdu Mahaa, Published: Mahi No, December 1997, p. 31

Riyaz Ahmed: Mahya, Weight or Art, Contents: Mah Nama, Sarir, Karachi, 1994, p. 28

Dr. Nawazish Ali, The Pakistani Age of Urdu Literature, above, p. 49

Hadkar Qaried, Urdu Munr Mahanagari, Farhad Publications, Islamabad, 1997, p. 13

Afzal Parvez, Bin Phalwari, Institute of Culture of Pakistan, Islamabad, second edition, 1984, p.



How to Cite

Dr. Zeenat Bibi, Dr Muhammad Nasir Afridi, and Dr. Sajid Javed. “An Overview of Urdu Mahia”. Zaban-O-Adab, vol. 16, no. 1, June 2023, pp. 227-39, //