‘Ainak wala jin’ creator A Hameed passes away

Published: April 30, 2011
The renowned Urdu writer, author of several poetry and prose tomes,  was 83.

The renowned Urdu writer, author of several poetry and prose tomes, was 83.


Prolific Urdu writer A Hameed passed away in Lahore on Friday. He was 83.

Abdul Hameed, known simply as A Hameed, wrote over 200 books and contributed greatly to children’s literature. His fantasy series of 100 novels, known as Ambar Naag Maria, and legendary television series Ainak Wala Jin are his notable works.

Hameed was born in Amritsar, India, in 1928, where he completed his secondary education. He studied for his Intermediate in Pakistan and joined Radio Pakistan as an assistant script editor. He later joined Voice of America radio network.

Meanwhile, his first collection of short stories Manzil Manzil received great acclaim from readers and made him a well-recognised romantic short story writer.

Apart from writing short stories and novels, he also wrote columns for national newspapers. He wrote many programmes for radio and television, which were popular with listeners and viewers.

His most famous books include Urdu She’r Ki Dastan, Urdu Nasr ki Dastan (in which he compiled information on the works of Urdu prose writers), Mirza Ghalib, Dastango Ashfaq Ahmad and Mirza Ghalib Lahore Main.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 30th, 2011.

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  • Apr 30, 2011 - 4:59PM

    A legend’s demise that left every eye in waters gushing like a fall!Recommend

  • Apr 30, 2011 - 7:36PM

    A Hameed had a life changing impact on my childhood his stories helped unleash my imagination. His use of familiar characters in unfamiliar settings was magical. he was truly a legendary figure in children’s literature.Recommend

  • SanaZ
    May 1, 2011 - 2:47AM

    This is so sad.Rest in Peace A hameed SB…i remember reading his novels as a kid…he wrote such magical stories…i owe my childhood memories to him :(Recommend

  • Amir Habib
    May 3, 2011 - 6:25PM

    Its a tragic new, May his soul rest in Peace(Amen).I have found his novels thrilling and full of interest.He has served different aspects of our literature.Its a great national loss anyway. Recommend

  • Amber Malik
    May 31, 2011 - 5:11AM

    The most honorable and dearest A Hameed saab was golden man of pakistan history, i grown up with his great novels, Amber, Naag, Maria. I always pray from Allah , that May Allah keep them in Jannat UL Firdous Ameen, A hameed saab was and he is great assets of pakistan and always lives alive in our hearts Inshallah , one of the greates and legend writer of pakistan, i am always feel proud of them . May Allah Bless them always and his family , Inshallah, Ameen.

    Best wishes and lots of dua for them, from Canada ,

  • Jun 8, 2011 - 3:45AM

    Great Novel by A.Hameed Sb, Amber Naag Maria Superrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.Recommend

  • qadri
    Jun 25, 2011 - 8:26PM

    i want read the amber naag mariya novels.plz help me for this purposeRecommend

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