Pakistan is a fertile land with great names in Urdu Literature. Especially the last century had witnessed dozens of literary icons but this literary wave seems to be diminishing in the current century. Environment right after entering the Pak tea House of Lahore did not speak of any literary discussion or activities when I, along with my friend, decided to go upstairs where the memoirs of Urdu literature received us. Light yellow bulbs and pictures of the literary legends hanging on walls enhanced the impact of the bygone days when the writer or poet used to write for the reader and the reader would read and appreciate what they wrote. In the evening of 13th September 2014, both had gone with the wind of time. Reader had jumped to the computer table or laptop and drowned into the sea of internet while the writer and poet were busy in writing things which could earn handsome money for him/her. Readers and writers sitting in these chairs have been replaced with the love birds of 2014 and of course 2015.
Literature for life had been replaced with a utilitarianism and the chairs were occupied by the Pakistani people discussing either their petty personal issues or having a ‘gossip’ with their mates. New furniture, along with new requirements of the day, was perhaps fit for the people of this sort, I thought. There were no more Meera G, Hafeez Jalandhari, Mumtaz Mufti, Nasir Kazmi, Sa’adat hasan Manto, Abid Ali Abid, Ashfaq Ahmad, Bano Qudsia, Doctor Wazeer Agha, Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi, A. Hameed, and others sitting on chairs. Which names of today will be hung on the walls of tomorrow? The question appears with No one or very few. Decline of the book has taken its toll; youth of the modern day was playing with its mobiles.