Fiery Feminist Author – Ismat Chughtai talked about feminism when it was a relatively unknown term. One of the early birds who realised equal rights for women. She was born in a conservative family but her mind was liberal and she knew that women needed to open up. She was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1976. She was a fiery feminist author whose work projected the ‘feminist politics’ she proudly endorsed. Lihaaf (the Quilt) was one of her finest works. Many Bollywood movies have been adapted from her basket of short stories such as Ziddi, Arzoo, Fire etc. Salute to her !