Remembering Z Rahman Naiyar and Biswin Sadi

Ziaur Rahman Naiyar, the editor of Biswin Sadi Urdu monthly, passed away recently in Delhi. He was once the owner and editor of the magazine which was visible in almost every educated Muslim household.

The magazine was earlier owned by Khushtar Girami, a noted Sikh litterateur. Later Naiyar maintained the same standards. He was also editor of the film magazine Ruby [or Roobi] that became a rival for Shama.

Biswin Sadi played an important role in cultivating the interest of readers towards high literature. Almost all the top writers and poets were published in the magazine that also had articles, political satire, cartoons, health section and short stories [afsanas].

However, a few years back he had begun withdrawing from the world. It was strange. He was shunning everything. Afterwards Biswin Sadi got closed and then he passed away silently in November 2009.

Truly, an era of Urdu journalism has ended with his demise.

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  1. صدمہ والی خبر ہے۔
    بیسویں صدی کو بہت پڑھا ہے میں نے۔ بلکہ اس میں میرے کچھ افسانے بھی شائع ہو چکے ہیں۔
    عام قارئین کیلئے واحد مقبول عام رسالہ رہ گیا تھا جو بالآخر بند ہو گیا۔

  2. Biswin sadi magazine was the beloved magazine sinnce

  3. Is there anybody who would like to restart
    ‘Biswin Sadi” If yes, send your information.
    It is probable that invetments may be
    avilable to finance the venture provided a
    qualified editor is found.

  4. I am proud, happy and sad all at the same time
    Proud-of my lineage. I am the grand daughter of ‘Khushtar Giram’ aka Ram Rakha Chadda
    Happy-That the Biswin Sadi still gets written about in the Ikiswin Sadi
    Sad-That the magazine has been shut down
    As a tribute to my legacy am planning to publish a few select storie’s from ‘Nai Sadi’ an off shoot of Biswin Sadi that was edited by my father Krishan Kumar Chadda in the sixties. If you’d like to be associated with it in any way, please feel to get in touch with me on suparnaas@yahoo.com

  5. For past twenty years I loved reading biswin sadi, today i opened an old issue, was searching for the address for subscribing it, as i was not able to get it locally, sorry about closing up of beautiful inteeligent magazine flavoured with sattirical note, and will alwys remember the editor”s contribution, may his soul be at peace

  6. Jyotsna, Thank you so much for your kind words…believe me they mean a lot to me and my family. I am in talks with an international publishing house and Inshahallah there should a collection of stories from the ‘Biswin Sadi’ very soon. Please pray and give this venture strength.

    • Suparnaa now live in Chicago but I grew up in Bahrain reading Biswin Sadi. I have my childhood memories and very strong emotional attachment with the magazine and Khushtar Marhum and his family. Could to tell me that where can I avail the old publication of the same. Can I also get the group picture of Khushtar Saheb his office and staff. Many thanks and I have a great respect for you and your entire family, may God bless you. Walmart Malik

      • Dear Malik Saab,
        You can enjoy stories of the bygone era as published in Biswin Sadi in the book ‘Nai Sadi Ki kahaniyan’ I am sharing its link here as published by Harper Collins. http://amzn.to/1OYm3Np It also has some group pictures from the time gone by.
        With Much Regards,
        Suparnaa

  7. Hi Suparnaa

    I am very pleased to know that you are a grand daughter of respected Khushtar Grami sahib. he is a well known personality in the urdu world. His colume were very popular at that time and people still read and enjoy his old columes and articles.
    I have very close relationship with Rehman Nayyar sahib’s family and was very upset when I heard that Biswin sadi will no longer will be published.
    Thanks God Biswin sadi has been recently started again.

    Good luch for yor project.
    regards
    Parvez

    good luck for you project

  8. Dear sir, I am from Gujranwala(Pakistan) in y early young age when Shama Delhi/Astana Delhi were published my mother started subscription to Bisween Saddi ,Delhi..In those good days rather golden full with peace and tranquility …Our readership of Bisween saddi edited by Khushtar girami remained till the supply of indian mags was came to end due Indo-Pak war 1965,I was very much interested in short stories published in this esteemed urdu magzine in which famour writers like Krishan Chander, Wajida Tabbasum,Kashmiri Lal Zakir, Nareesh Kumar Shad ,Bedi used contribute their master pieces.Ah gone are the days.No doubt respected Khushtar Girami(Late) brought up this Urdu magazine with his blood!
    I have read that grand daughter of late Editor from Chadda family tried to continue its publishing..I hope that Chaddas are learned people and their best n sincere efforts will give the fruit.
    If I remember the grand daughter has recently visited Lahore and participated in some social shows Fm radio as well.Am I right?Ms.Chadda was interviewed by a presenter Afzal Saahir and I listened on FM.She informed that her elders belonged to Pakistan..What an irony of fate…jewels were lost in partition!!!!!!

  9. I still remember the short stories in Bisween Saddi as well in Shama Delhi…which I used to read in my childhood and as a student of 6th/7th class.I was also reader of Khilona Delhi and its story books published by Shama Book Depot.My brother used to read Astana Delhi edited by Sahibzada Muhammad Mustahsan Faroqi from the shrine of Hazrat KaleemUllah

  10. May I confirmthat late Khushter Girami was from Lahore in the area of Shah Alam Gate.?Many years later I happened to know about it in an article that late Girami ji got his magazine published from that place.
    If I remember I still have the beautiful and loveable memories of the period from 1955-1963 or till 1965
    I am depressed over the reading to know the closure of Bisween Saddi and Shama Delhi in a sad and dejected situation whether in family or by someone else having neferior designs…..

  11. GOOD TIMES never come back…the golden period of nice and fine magazines like Shama and Bisween saddi from Delhi, has since been come to an end.
    I really feel sad over the situation.
    Who else could be sincere for the cause of Urdu in India than the “Delhvis” who went on protesting against the grant of censorship certificates to the then Indian films as Hindi which were in Urdu.Bisween Saddi had a nice contribution of notable Hindu writers who presented their short stories in Urdu..I can not forget the format of such short stories by these worthy writers.Prof.K.L Kapoor wrote a nice humour.Alas those days are gone and the time’s dust has covered all such valued/precious literary assets!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Thank you for all your kind words and wishes. With your positive energies, the republishing of select stories from Biswin Sadi will soon reach its fruition, Inshahallah! In the mean while, I would require your help.Since a lot of the authors that contributed to the magazine are no more it would be great to be in touch with their families and seek permission to republish . Some authors whose stories are being finalized for republication by the publishing house are
    Fikr Tausvin
    Dr, Govind Chatak
    Chiranjit
    Manmath Gupt
    Sharad Joshi
    Rajni Panikar
    Krishna Chander
    Kanhaiya Lal Kapur
    Hazra Masrur

    Any help to find the authors/their heirs will be greatly appreciated.
    You could write to me on suparnaas@yahoo.com

    Thank you!

  13. Thank you for the revival of old memories..Fikr Taunsvi. a great satirist …had a great contribution for his so nice and remarkable writings…I still remember his article which he wrote on his death….Some marvelous Urdu short story writers…as you mentioned..I do hope that their families will definitely appreciate your efforts for the cause of Urdu…Waiting anxiously for the fruit.I was regular reader of Biswin S’adi in last fifties till early sixties

  14. It was quite surprising for me that Late Khushter Grami was a Sikh…In my early youn age when I was a regular reader of Biswin Saddi…I could not imagine but now ….. when I recall those nice days of reading short stories in that magazine……………. a litteratuer…………..in the way he honoured Urdu…his greatness and love without being prejudice…..Khak mein Kia surtaien pinhan ho gaiyen!!!!!

    I feel he was really a man of letter

  15. An Excerpt from the preface of the book with select stories from Biswin Sadi with my father as editor – ‘Biswin Sadi Lahore main Shahlmi darwaze ke bahar tha. Urdu main ek Bade se board par Biswin Sadi likha tha. Thik ek mandir aur ek masjid ke beechon beech. Vibhajan ke samay masjid aur mandir dono jala diye gaye the par daftar bach gaya!’

  16. Any photographs from that era will be greatly appreciated. You can get in touch with me at suparnaas@yahoo.com

    Another excerpt
    ‘6 January san 1938 ko Shri Khushtar Girami Urf Ram Rakha Mal Chadda ne Biswin Sadi ka pehla prakashan kiya aur ‘D’(A mandate in the Raj to take this license from the Bristish before publishing) number na lene ki vajah se Angrezi sarkar ne un par muqaddama dayar kar diya jiske awaz unhein Rs.10000 ki zamanat par riha kiya gaya. Ye rakm unhone meri mataji ke zevar bech kar ada kit thi.’

    6th January 1938 was also the day my father, Khushtar Girami’s first child was born.

  17. suparnna Ji..Haseen aur masoom yaddon k saath avish se kuch kadvi ya talkh yaadein be hein..Mein jab Bisiwin Saddi parhta tha tu iss haqiqat se bay khabar tha k BISWIN SADDI, meray Janam se phelay Lahore he se nikalta tha…Jab Biswin Sadd ko 1960 ki dhai mein parhna shru kia ya zra pehly 1957-59 mein k ghar mein meri Mata Ji be SHAMA Delhi aur Mein KHILONA, PHULWARI parhta tha..Ek Ajb Nisha aur Jaddo tha bady logon ki shortstories mein..Krishan Ji.Ram Lal.Devandar Sathiarthi aur na janay kitnay aur gajab k log Biswin Saddi se judy huay thhy…Oon yadoon ko damagh mein la kar ek saroor b milta hey aur dil khoon k ansoo be roota hey!!! Gaiya waqt to dobaara nahi ata..yaddon ko taza karnay k leay zroori hey k Onm namwar likharion ki Lafani ,unmit kahanio ko compile kia jaay..BISWIN SADDI KA JANAM IKISWIN SADDI MEIN…!!! Krishan Ji ki Biswin Sdaai se attachment aur short letter Jo Khushter Garami ko apnay her Afsanay k saath bheja karty thhy unki chashni ub b dilo damagh ko mza deti hey…Kabootar k khat, Gaddhy aur na janay kon kon se yaadgar short stories unki yaadon ko taza karty hein…Aur phir BISWIN SADDI mein caricature…apna he rang tha….
    BUS ub Dil se HOOOK nikal jati hey…Bikhri yadon ko taza kar dein!!!!

  18. Biswin Saddi k pojari ub b hongay….Unko mera dard mandana aur ajizana salaam….Mein tu fb pe qabil-e-ehtraam Saadia Dehlavi se be apni yaadon ko share karany ki kosish ki..magr unko shaaid fursat he nahi..(So busy..despite her page and introduction on Facebook)Krishan Chander ji ki “GADDHY KI SARGHUZHAST AUR phir GADDHY KI WAPSI jo Shama Delhi mein chhapi aur ULTA DARKH..CHIRION KI ALF LAILA, Khilona mein..kon bhool sakta hey..
    Batwara(1947) ki kadvi/dard bhari yaadein ….k piyar aur mohabbat dainy aur lainy walay log kis tarh lootty aur barbaad huay…aur kis tarh piary dharti maan ujri..ek dilkharaash kihani hey..Phir b mein smajta hon k “balwai aur khooni” kisi aur janam k log thhay..Piar karnay walay kabhi b…….iss hud(limit) ja he nahi sakty thhay!!!!Yeh khooni bheriay/drinday sheitaan/RAKSISH thhay….aur yaqeenan aisa he hua…kai massom aur bay gunnah janay inki bheint chaddin!!!! AY KAASH AIASA NA HOTA!!!!!!!aaj dil ek ajb se lehr uthi hey..Suparnna Ji nay beeti yadoon k deep jala diay……Ajb se mun mein daveeda uljhan on padi!!!!
    Koi hey???? jo in tareekion mein aman aur ashti ka woh diaya roshan karay…koi aay……koi tu ho..dukh jheelnay walay jheel gaiay

  19. Mujhy Afsoos hey ki Zia Rehman ki editorship mein Bisiwin saddi ko na parh saka..Comments se jankari hui k unho nay be mid night oil jalaa kar apnay khoon se Khushter Garami kay pooday ko parwan chariya……Allah ghareeq-e-rehmat karay//ein aashqan-e-pak teenat ra”Un bikhri yaadon ko sumaitney ki arzoo hey ….Koi tu hu ..Shama Delhi k maalkan be hawadis ka shikaar huay…….Shama Book Depot /Khilona ki kahania Jadoo ki Bansri, Ghaseeta Ki Bhutna shahi…..Bewaqoof Badshah, Chanda Mamoon Ulti Khopri, Cheeni Bulbal(translated from Englis) Kia din thhay yaro!!!!!!

  20. Thanks to view Mr.Amit’s comments to encourage the everlasting writings of K.L.Kapoor Ji…whose humorous books like “sung O khisht”or “seesha O teesha” I happened to read in those days when he was, perhaps alive…after his principal ship from D A V College,Moga. If I am not wrong he completed his education from Govt.College,Lahore and did MA in English from PU….? What such stalwart personalities were in literature(Urdu) gone /vanished for ever but leaving behind them their remarkable and ever lasting master pieces!!!!!!!!
    Their legacy behind to live for ever for the lovers of such literature..Believe me and I mean it my dear Readers ans SUPARNNA Ji that those writings as well as Khushter Grami;s contribution to Urdu literature can not be mortified………What a nice and critical writing was from Fikar Taunsvi who wrote his own “obituary” in such a critical and satirical manners..never to be forgotten altogether …Devander Sithiarthi’s short stories and caricatures of such stalwart writers…in Biswin Saddi by Garami Ji…I am sorry that I could not have the chance to read this marvelous magazine under the Zia ur Rehman Naiyar’s editorship………No doubt he might have burnt mid -night oil to print and publish the beloved magazines….the legacy of Ram Rakkha Chadda’s legacy……as if Khushter Grami was there …alive

    Through this I would humbly request the off springs of all such STALWART personalities’ OFF SPRINGS to revive the printing and publishing of Biswin Saddi in Ikisveen Saddi…a noble and marvelous cause will be there……the lovers of that era who are alive by the grace of God will be pleased not only spiritually but also spiritually…
    Request to Chuddas and others off springs…..GEO…Jug Jug geo!!!

  21. A request for the revival of short stories of Krishan Chnder Ji..Jinki bansri toot chuki magr uski madhur tanain abhi tuk kano mein rus ghol rehi hein…..!!! Biswin Saddi se wabasta logon se k woh agay badh kar iss jhanday ko phir se uthain…Shukria!!!

  22. Monthly bisiwin sadi mera pasandidah risalah tha.Dauran e taleem hi se us ke mutalaeh ka ehtamam kartaha tha .Siraj anwar ke qistwar novels Aaghosh, Khalish, aur shishe ki chattan bahut yad ate hain. kash koi mujhe batade ki ye novels kahan mil sakte hain…,koi site ho ya koi bookstal.Agar kisi ko koi link daryaft ho to azrah e karam mujhe zarur muttala farmayen .
    mamnoon hunga.
    Risala b s ke band hone ka bahut qalq hai.
    Kash koi az sare nao use shuru kare.
    nek khwahishat ke sath,
    khuda hafiz.
    wassalam.
    M. A. Q.

    • Mohammad Aabid Sahib nay Biswin Saddi ko dil se chaha aur doran-e-taleem apni wabastgi ka izhaar kia hey…..Filwaqia Urdue Zaban ki jis khoobsart andaaz aur lagan se aabiari ki gaiye…Bilkhassos Aan jehaani Khushter Garami nay apnay ehd k tamam adeebon se apni mohabbat ka rishta qaim rakkha aur unki muawnat hasil ki…Biswin Saddi ka koi qari nazar andaz nahi karsakta..Mera doran-e-taleem aur Pak-Hind 1965 ki Jang se phelay Biswin saddi se mahana wasta rha apany abaai shehr Gujranwala(Punjab)Pakistan mein…
      Garche Z.Rahman Nayiar Marhoom ki abiari (khoon-e-dil) se bawajooh na dekh saka magr Biswin saddi k qadar dano ki tehreeron se pata chalta hey k marhoom nay koi kasar na chhori Biswin Saddi ko sainchnay mein!!!!! Garami Sahib k naam os daur k afsana nigaaron k mukhstar se khat(letters) be adba ka hissa rehy!!!!
      Ub tu Aabid Sahib! bus Aah ah hey hey!!!! Ay Kash!!!!!Bharat mein ub jab k Hindi ka rohjaan apni jarain pakar chuka hey>>>>>Urdu adab k qadar dan yaqeenan simt chukay hein

      Ek zamana thha k SHAMA,Delhi k Yousaf Dehlvi Bharti filmon ko “Hindi” censor certificate milnay pe apnay risalay mein editorial note pe note likha karty thhy..Mein Shama/Khilona Delhi ka beregular qari reha hoon..>>>>Mujhy yaad hey zara zra??/Hye hye bus yaadein hein aur hum hein..
      Suna thha k kosish ho rehi hey Chadda family k tuawan se k risala ka ijra ho>>>>>>>Wa ay hasrata!!!!!!! ik dor thha jo lad giaya
      Ay Kash!!1
      Anwaar Rabbani>>.Gujranwala

    • Mohammad Aabid Sahib nay Biswin Saddi ko dil se chaha aur doran-e-taleem apni wabastgi ka izhaar kia hey…..Filwaqia Urdue Zaban ki jis khoobsart andaaz aur lagan se aabiari ki gaiye…Bilkhassos Aan jehaani Khushter Garami nay apnay ehd k tamam adeebon se apni mohabbat ka rishta qaim rakkha aur unki muawnat hasil ki…Biswin Saddi ka koi qari nazar andaz nahi karsakta..Mera doran-e-taleem aur Pak-Hind 1965 ki Jang se phelay Biswin saddi se mahana wasta rha apany abaai shehr Gujranwala(Punjab)Pakistan mein…
      Garche Z.Rahman Nayiar Marhoom ki abiari (khoon-e-dil) se bawajooh na dekh saka magr Biswin saddi k qadar dano ki tehreeron se pata chalta hey k marhoom nay koi kasar na chhori Biswin Saddi ko sainchnay mein!!!!! Garami Sahib k naam os daur k afsana nigaaron k mukhstar se khat(letters) be adba ka hissa rehy!!!!
      Ub tu Aabid Sahib! bus Aah ah hey hey!!!! Ay Kash!!!!!Bharat mein ub jab k Hindi ka rohjaan apni jarain pakar chuka hey>>>>>Urdu adab k qadar dan yaqeenan simt chukay hein

      Ek zamana thha k SHAMA,Delhi k Yousaf Dehlvi Bharti filmon ko “Hindi” censor certificate milnay pe apnay risalay mein editorial note pe note likha karty thhy..Mein Shama/Khilona Delhi ka beregular qari reha hoon..>>>>Mujhy yaad hey zara zra??/Hye hye bus yaadein hein aur hum hein..
      Suna thha k kosish ho rehi hey Chadda family k tuawan se k risala ka ijra ho>>>>>>>Wa ay hasrata!!!!!!! ik dor thha jo lad giaya
      Ay Kash!!1
      Anwaar Rabbani>>.Gujranwala>>.agr koi kossih bar awar ho tu mutla kejiay ga

  23. @Anwaar Rabbani,
    Recently we have launched a website to teach urdu to our young generation thru cartoon/comics.
    humeiN yaad hai ke jab hum Shama idare ka “Khilauna” padhte thay to us me Richie Rich, Little Lotta, Laurel Hardy etc. ko urdu mahoul me tabdeel kar ke pesh kia jata… wohi purani yaadoN ko taaza karne par yaad aya ke Richie Rich ko “Chotay Nawab” , Little lotta ko “Bi Moti” aur Laurel Hardy ko “Motu Patlu” ke naam diye gaye they. aur yehi urdu naam hum bhi apni cartoon/comics urdu website par istemaal kar rahe haiN.
    You can reach the website here:
    http://www.urdukidzcartoon.com

    • Apka shukria k purani yadon ko taza karny ka beda uthia aap na Shama,.Bisween Saddi aur Khilona (Delhi)kay afsanay aur kahania abhi tuk zehn mein yaad hein!!!!Kia he accha ho agr aap Krishan Chander Ji k afsano ko web pe jari kardein>>.
      Kher andesh,
      Anwaar Rabbani

  24. @Anwaar Rabbani,
    Recently we have launched a website to teach urdu to our young generation thru cartoon/comics.
    humeiN yaad hai ke jab hum Shama idare ka “Khilauna” padhte thay to us me Richie Rich, Little Lotta, Laurel Hardy etc. ko urdu mahoul me tabdeel kar ke pesh kia jata… wohi purani yaadoN ko taaza karne par yaad aya ke Richie Rich ko “Chotay Nawab” , Little lotta ko “Bi Moti” aur Laurel Hardy ko “Motu Patlu” ke naam diye gaye they. aur yehi urdu naam hum bhi apni cartoon/comics urdu website par istemaal kar rahe haiN.
    You can reach the website here:
    http://www.urdukidzcartoon.com

    -Mukarram Niyaz

    • shukria yaad awari ka….Ma nay khilona 1962-63 tuk padha k slogan/motto thha 8 saal se 80n saal kay bachon k leay….Meri khawish ey k aap un yadon ko ba kher O khoobi takmeel krain…Ub na khud bacy aur na bachy k unko bta sakain …shama book depot ki bahut sari story books be mere pass rehien…Jaddo ki bansari, Ghaseta ki bhutna shahi, Bewaqoof Badsha aur chanda mamoon ko nahi bhool paya jabkay gher mulki stories ko be Khilona Book Depot ney Urdue mein shaia kia jaisy k Ulti khopdi, Cheni Bulbul waghera..
      Aap mubarkabad kay mustahiq hein k Urdu ki tarweej kar rehy hein ..warna indan films mein lehja he durust nahi ata……Shama apnay daur mein Indian Censor Board kay latty laita rha k film Urdu mein aur Censor certificate Hindi ka!!!!!!!!

  25. After 2012 I haven’t read about the progress in printing of “short stories: contributed by the renowned writers of the past contributing to Bisween Saddi and suparnaas Ji’s plan to republish after permission from the families of those writers who are no more.Is there any progress to read K.C’s short stories regularly published in the esteemed urdu magazine and Fikr Taunsvi’s satirical articles therein .

    • Dear Rabbani Saab,
      You can enjoy stories of the bygone era as published in Biswin Sadi in the book ‘Nai Sadi Ki kahaniyan’ I am sharing its link here as published by Harper Collins. http://amzn.to/1OYm3Np
      With Much Regards,
      Suparnaa

  26. It is my privilege to invite you as a special guest to the book launch of ‘Nayi Sadi ki kahaniyan’ on the 17th of December at the India International Centre, New Delhi starting 6:00pm.

    Nai Sadi Ki Kahaniyan is an anthology of selected short stories which were originally published in the Hindi journal, Nai Sadi, published in the sixties by my father Krishan Kumar Chadda. Nayi Sadi had its genesis from the popular urdu journal , ‘Biswin Sadi’ edited by my grand father known by his pen name ‘Khushtar Girami’.

    Here is a brief piece on the book by its publisher ‘Harper Collins’

    6 January 1938, Lahore: Khushtar Girami alias Ram Rakha Mal Chadda published the first issue of Biswin Sadi on the birth of his son Krishan Kumar Chadda. He had to mortgage his wife’s jewellery in order to pay for its registration with the British government. The Urdu journal was soon to become one of the most widely read ones in the country. After Partition, the Chaddas moved to Delhi and so did Biswin Sadi. By then Chadda was selling 40,000 copies of every issue, the largest selling literary journal of the time publishing writers like Amrita Pritam, Balwant Singh, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Kaifi Azmi, Firaq Gorakhpuri, Raja Mehdi Ali Khan, Krishan Chander, Khushwant Singh and Sahir Ludhianvi. In the 1960s, Krishan Chadda suggested to his father
    that to widen the journal’s circle of influence it was imperative that they publish it in Hindi. That is how Nai Sadi came into being, and immediately captured the imagination of writers and readers alike.

    This is a selection of some of the best stories published in Nai Sadi over decades. Replete with actual artwork picked up from old issues, the anthology is also, Suparnaa Chadda’s tribute to her father, Krishan Kumar Chadda, family and fans of the magazine.

    It would be an honour for me to have you participate through this emotional tribute to my father who left us early last year. Through his last few years due to his ailment of dementia, even though he couldn’t remember what he ate for breakfast, but fondly remembered his initial few days in Lahore and the lineage that Biswin Sadi created.

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