Urdu Book Genres

Books have two genres – fiction and literature. I don’t really care about that. I just want to read.

Fiction (as well as literature to a certain extent) can be further categorized. Typically, the Urdu magazines that are published are distinguished by the genre of stories that are included, and thereby the audience that it targets. If we ignore the kids’ section, we can loosely call them “Female centric” and “Male centric”. Wait, I am not gender biased. Let me define what I mean by those two terms.

Female centric Male centric
Generally, these types of stories have female audience. Generally, these types of stories have male audience.
It covers social, romantic, domestic aspects of life. It covers suspense, thriller, action, crime, investigations, court etc.
It may have elements like comedy, drama, tragedy, and like. It may have elements like comedy, drama, tragedy, and like.
The story line revolves mostly around relationships. The story line revolves mostly around crime and fight against it.
It will talk a lot about looks, and clothes, and food. It will talk about Guns, and knives, and murderer, and like.
Some magazines in this category are

  • Aanchal, Shuaa, Khwateen, and similar magazines in Pakistan
  • Pakeeza Aanchal in India
Some magazines in this category are

  1. Suspence Digest, Jasoosi Duniya in Pakistan
  2. Huma in India
Picture is worth a thousand words.

aanchal-digest-november-2007

 Picture is worth a thousand words.

jasoosi-digest-february-2014

Must Read:

  • Umair Ahmad
  • Riffat Siraj
  • Farhat Ishtiyaq
Must Read:

  • Ibn-e-safi
  • Mohiuddin Nawab

Please note that the stress here is “generally”. It is not rule. There are some writers who write for both magazines and are equally popular in both female and male readers. I am sure, there are many readers, like me, who read both genres with equal interest.

Alright! That is the preface of this series.


Images courtesy https://www.aiourdubooks.net and https://rspk.paksociety.com

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