The Three Innocents, & Ors.

Chughtai on Childhood

Ismat Chughtai


Women Unlimited, New Delhi, 2017

142+ x pages

Price INR 300
Book Club Price INR 225

This delightful anthology offers us a rare glimpse into a less known aspect of Ismat Chughtai's writing – the warmth, humour and affection with which she writes on childhood. Shedding all the certainties of an adult she steps into a child's shoes, looks upon the world with an unjaundiced eye, and presents us with scrapes, situations and sentiments that are refreshing in their condour.

As she says to three innocents in her little story, "The pranks you engage in today are no different from the ones we played yesterday . . . So what advice can I give you? Actually, I look upon you as very interesting advice meant for me!" 

This is Chughtai at her disarming best.

Ismat Chughtai

ISMAT CHUGHTAI is the author of several collections of short stories, three novellas, a novel, The Crooked Line, a collection of reminiscences and essays, My Friend, My Enemy, and a memoir, Kaghazi Hai Perahan (The Paper-thin Garment). She produced and co-directed six films, and produced a further six independently.