Manzoor Ahtesham
Born(1948-04-03)3 April 1948
Died26 April 2021(2021-04-26) (aged 73)
AwardsPadma Shri
Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad Puruskar
Shrikant Verma Smriti Samman
Virsingh Deo Award
Vageshwari Award
Shikhar Samman
Pahal Samman

Manzoor Ahtesham (3 April 1948 – 26 April 2021) was an Indian writer of Hindi literature known for his depiction of the lives of the Indian Muslim community in independent India.[1][2]


Manzoor Ahtesham was born on 3 April 1948 in Bhopal.[3][4] He studied at Aligarh Muslim University and a predecessor of Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology.[4]

He died on 26 April 2021 at a private hospital here after being admitted a week back for COVID-19 in Bhopal.[4][5]

Literary career

Ahtesham was the author of five novels and several short story anthologies and plays. His major works are:[1]

Sukha Bargad has been translated into English under the name, A Dying Banyan, by Kuldip Singh[13] while Dastan E Lapata has been translated by Jason Grunebaum and Ulrike Stark under the title The Tale of the Missing Man.[1][2] In 2007, New York magazine cited the book as one of the best novels not yet available in English.[14] Grunebaum and Stark's translation was issued by Northwestern University Press in 2018.[15]


Ahtesham was a recipient of several awards such as Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad Puruskar, Shrikant Verma Smriti Samman, Virsingh Deo Award, Vageshwari Award, Shikhar Samman, Pahal Samman and Maithilee Sharan Gupt Award 2017–2018.[1] He received the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest Indian civilian award, in 2003.[16]


  1. ^ a b c d "Pratilipi". Pratilipi. 2015. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b "National Endowment". National Endowment for the Arts. 2015. Archived from the original on 6 November 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Manzoor Ahtesham: मशहूर लेखक और उपन्यासकार मंजूर एहतेशाम का निधन". Nai Dunia (in Hindi). 26 April 2021. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  4. ^ a b c Seelye, Katharine Q. (8 May 2021). "Manzoor Ahtesham, Writer Who Brought Bhopal to Life, Dies at 73". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Padma Shri-awardee Manzoor Ahtesham succumbs to Covid complications at 73". The Economic Times.
  6. ^ Manzoor Ehtesham (1999). Kuch Din Aur. Hindi Book Centre.
  7. ^ Manzoor Ehtesham (2009). Sukha Bargad. Hindi Book Centre. p. 225. ISBN 9788126717620.
  8. ^ Manzoor Ehtesham (1995). Dastan-E-Lapata. Hindi Book Centre. p. 245. ISBN 9788171789290.
  9. ^ Manzoor Ehtesham (2004). Basharat Manzil. Hindi Book Centre. p. 251. ISBN 9788126708840.
  10. ^ Manzoor Ehtesham (2007). Pahar Dhalte. Hindi Book Centre. p. 115. ISBN 9788126713226.
  11. ^ Manzoor Ehtesham (1998). Tasbeeh. Hindi Book Centre.
  12. ^ Manzoor Ehtesham (2001). Tamasha Tatha Anya Kahaniyan. Hindi Book Centre. p. 147. ISBN 9788126701230.
  13. ^ Kuldip Singh (2005). Manzoor Ahtesham: A Dying Banyan. Rupa and Co. p. 208. ASIN B006IDLXBI.
  14. ^ Milzoff, Rebecca. "Lost in Un-Translation". New York magazine. New York Media LLC. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  15. ^ "The Tale of the Missing Man A Novel". Northwestern University Press. Northwestern University. Archived from the original on 13 November 2017. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  16. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Padma Awards. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2015.

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