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“Lihaaf” (“The Quilt”) is a 1942 Urdu short story written by Ismat Chughtai. Published in the Urdu literary journal Adab-i-Latif, it led to much controversy, uproar and an obscenity trial, where Ismat had to defend herself in the Lahore Court as well for this work. She was asked to apologize which she did not and also won the case, after her lawyer pointed out that the story makes no suggestion to a sexual act, and prosecution witnesses could not point out any obscene words, and the story is suggestive and told from perspective of a small girl.
In the coming decades it was widely anthologised, and became one of her most known works, besides Angarey which remained banned for several decades. Years later, she mentioned in detail the court trial in her noted memoir, Kaghazi Hai Pairahan (A Life in Words: Memoir). Though it received attention for its suggestion of lesbianism, it also deals with the insulated and suffocating life of a neglected wife in the feudal society. It became a landmark for its early depiction of sex, still a taboo in modern Indian literature, let alone Urdu literature.
Gaash (Short film)
Gaash: Light: Under a shroud of life, Fatima embarks on a journey in search of her beloved Gaash(light). A short narrative directed and produced by Danish Renzu A Renzu Films production.
Q&A: Panel Discussions
Parking for Wheelock Family Theatre at the Boston University
Wheelock Family Theatre patrons and guests can find parking at the MASCO garage located at 375 Longwood Avenue, between Brookline Avenue (Longwood Medical Area) and The Riverway. The garage is located behind Temple Israel and is only a short walk to the front doors of Wheelock Family Theatre. Please visit the MASCO website for more information on current discounted evening and weekend rates. There is no validation necessary for discounted parking at the MASCO garage.
Limited on-street parking is available in front of the theatre, please obey all posted signage. (“Live Parking” means that someone is sitting in the vehicle at all times while it is parked)
MASCO Garage Rates and Hours
The garage at 375 Longwood Avenue is open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
Evening rate $8.00 in after 3:30 pm, out by 8:30 am next day.
Weekend rate $8.00 for each 24 hours, in after 3:30 pm Friday, out by 8:30 am Monday.
Customers without tickets will be charged the maximum daily rate.
For more information, please contact the garage office at 617-632-2881 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.
Address: 375 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA (Approx 5-6 minutes walking from the Wheelock Family Theatre
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