Bano Qudsia: Urdu Drama and Novel Writer

Bano Qudsia was a Pakistani novel and play writer. She also refers to the name of Bano Aapa. She got famous for his superhit novel Raja Gidh.

Raja Gidh is considered the classic story of the Urdu language.


Bano Qudsia was born on 28 November 1928 in Firozpur as a Qudsia Chatta. Her father was a bachelor in agriculture, and her brother was a painter.

Her family migrated to Lahore after the partition of India. Bano got her graduate degree from Kinard College Lahore. Then, she joined the Government College University (GCU). She completed her master’s degree in Urdu literature in 1951.

Bano Qudsia married Ashfaq Ahmad, whom she met while studying at Government College University Lahore. She had three sons named Aneeque, Anees, and Aseer.

Bano Qudsia Literary Work

Bano Qudsia wrote several novels, TV plays, and short stories. Her Novel Raja Gidh (King Buzzard) added to the new Urdu classic. She wrote in Urdu and Punjabi language.

Her drama Aadhi Baat is considered a classic play. This drama is about the life of a retired headmaster and his life problems. Bano’s latest novel Hasil Ghat was published in 2005.

She read the below-mentioned novels, dramas, short stories, and biographies. You can download or read these books online by clicking their name.


Raja Gidh

Raja Gidh Novel describes the love story of a girl named Seemi. She loves her class and fellow Aftab while studying at university.

Book Raja Gidh contains love, emotions, and ethics that capture the reader’s attention from the first chapter to the last. It is the classic novel of modern Urdu.

Aik Din

Aik Din is another excellent social and romantic novel. The story predicts an accurate picture of our society.

Haasil Ghaat

This novel was published in 2005. Haasil Ghaat narrated the views of a Pakistani Humayun Farid, who visited his emigrant daughter.

This novel describes the difference between the two civilizations. It is an excellent story for book lovers.

  • Shehr-e-la’Zawaal – Abaad Weeranay
  • Dramas
  • Foot Paath Ki Ghaas
  • Aadhee Baat
  • Phir Achanak Youn Hua
  • Chota Shehar Baray Log
  • Lagan Apni Apni
  • Short stories
  • Dast Basta
  • Hijraton Kay Darmiyan
  • Biographies
  • Rah-i-Rawaan


The Government of Pakistan awarded Qudsia the Sitara-i-Imtiaz. In 2010, She was awarded  Hilal-i-Imtiaz by Pakistan’s government for his literature services.

In 2012, Bano was also awarded the Kamal-e-Fun Award by the Pakistan Academy letters. The same year, Pakistan Life Care Foundation gave a lifetime achievement award to Qudsia.


Bano Qudsia died on 4 February 2017 at Ittefaq Hospital Lahore at 88. She left a great legacy in the shape of her writings.

Many politicians and writers condoled her death. Asghar Nadeem Syed was declared a “literary stalwart after Quratulain Haider.” At last, you may also like to read Shaukat Siddiqui: Urdu Novel writer.

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