80th birthday of prolific novelist, travel writer, columnist TV host and former actor, Mustansar Hussain Tarar, today (March 1). Tarar is regarded as a living legend for his contributions to Urdu literature.
Mustansar Hussain Tarar was born in Lahore in 1939. He has written more than 50 books including novels and a collection of short stories in his career. His first book was Nikley Teri Talaash Main (1970), dedicated to his youngest brother, Mobashir Hussain Tarar, a travelogue of Europe published in 1971. This followed a period during which he travelled in seventeen European countries, and it led to a new trend in Urdu literature. As ‘Safar Nama’, (travelogue) he has so far over forty titles to his credit.
He also became a television actor and was, for many years, a host of Pakistan Television Corporation’s (PTV) live morning show Subah Bakhair (1988) (Good Morning). He is one of the most recognized personality among children as he spent a big part of transmission time addressing children exclusively. He called himself the chacha jee (paternal uncle) of all Pakistani children and soon became known by this title.
In recognition of his contributions he was awarded with Pride of Performance Awards-in 1992.
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17 November, 2019