Google Doodle honours Saadat Hasan Manto on 108th birthday

12:53 PM | 11 May, 2020
Google Doodle honours Saadat Hasan Manto on 108th birthday

Google on Monday (May 11) paid tribute to Pakistani author, journalist, playwright, and screenwriter Saadat Hasan Manto on his 108th birthday with a doodle.

Today’s Doodle was illustrated by Lahore-based guest artist Shehzil Malik.

Saadat Hasan Manto was born on this day in 1912 in Samrala in the British Indian state of Punjab. He came of age during an era of significant civil unrest amid the growing movement to liberate India from British rule. Despite early troubles in school, Manto discovered a passion for literature, and by his early twenties, he had published his own translations of European classics in his native Urdu tongue. He soon progressed to original fiction, channeling his iconoclastic spirit into short stories like the aptly titled “Revolutionary” (“Inqilab Pasand", 1935).

By the 1940s, Manto’s Urdu literature was a tour de force. Through his unfiltered exploration of marginalized characters and social taboos, he charted controversial territory that few writers dared to explore. The partitioning of India in 1947 prompted Manto’s migration to the newly formed Pakistan, and he is perhaps best remembered for his work examining this tumultuous historical moment. Manto published 22 collections of short stories throughout his prolific career, but he wasn’t limited to the medium; he also wrote a novel, three collections of essays, over 100 radio plays, and more than 15 film scripts