Atish Paray

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Atish Paray
AuthorSadat Hasan Manto
Original titleAtish Paray
CountryBritish India
PublisherUrdu Bookstall (Lahore)[1]
Publication date
1936 (first edition)
Media typePrint

Atish Paray (Urdu: آتش پارے, lit.'Nuggets of Fire') is a collection of short stories by Saadat Hasan Manto.


Atish Paray subtitled “a collection of several thought-provoking stories” was published in 1936 while Manto was living in Amritsar.[2] Two stories from this collection Tamasha - Manto's debut story followed by Taqat Ka Imtehan first appeared in a local weekly Khalq (Creation) by Abdul Bari Alig from Amritsar. The collection was however published from Lahore and Manto dedicated this collection to his late father.[2]


There are eight stories in this collection:[1]

  • Khooni Thook (Bloody Spit)
  • Inqalab Pasand (Revolutionary)[a]
  • Ji Aaya Sahab (Coming Sir)[b]
  • Mahigir (Fisherman)[c]
  • Tamasha (Spectacle)[d]
  • Taqat ka Imtehan (Test of Strength)[e]
  • Deewana Shayr (Mad Poet)
  • Chori (Theft)


  1. ^ first published in the Aligarh Magazine in March 1935[3]
  2. ^ It was later included in Manto Ke Afsanay under the title Qasim with a slight change in the ending[4]
  3. ^ also included in his prior collection Rusi Afsanay (Russian Stories)[5]
  4. ^ first published under a pseudonym in Abdul Bari Alig’s Urdu newspaper Khalq (Creation)[6] and also included in his prior collection Rusi Afsanay (Russian Stories)[5]
  5. ^ It was included in Manto Ke Afsanay[4]


  1. ^ a b Flemming 1985b, p. 152.
  2. ^ a b Flemming 1985, p. 38.
  3. ^ Flemming 1985, p. 7.
  4. ^ a b Flemming 1985, p. 42.
  5. ^ a b Flemming 1985, p. 36.
  6. ^ Flemming 1985, p. 6.

Cited sources[edit]

  • Flemming, Leslie A. (1985). Another Lonely Voice: The Life and Works of Saadat Hassan Manto. Vanguard Books.
  • Flemming, Leslie A. (1985b). "Manto Bibliography". Journal of South Asian Literature. 20 (2): 152–160. ISSN 0091-5637. JSTOR 40872787.