Muhammad Mansha Yaad Biography And Work

Muhammad Mansha Yaad is a novel and playwriter. He belonged to Pakistan. He got fame from the Punjabi novel ‘Taanwan Taanwa Taara’ which was translated into Urdu by the name of Raahain.

Pakistan Television made a successful drama serial in this novel. This drama is very popular among people.


Muhammad Mansha Yaad was born in 1937 in Thattha Nushtar near about Farooqabad. He completed his primary schooling from village Gajyana and matriculation from Hafizabad. Mansha Yaad got a diploma in engineering from Rasoolpur college.

He got the degree of bachelor of arts in 1965 from Punjab University. After, Yaad passed MA Urdu and Punjabi from the same university.

Muhammad Mansha Yaad joined the Pakistan Government services in 1958 PWD Rehabilitation. In 1960, he posted in CDA as a sub-engineer. He served in the several positions in the same dept. Mansha had retired in 1997 from Captial development authority as a Deputy Director.

After retirement, Mansha Yaad stayed in Islamabad and devoted his life to literature and literary events.

He married to his cousin  Farhat Nasim Akhtar. He had one daughter and three sons.


Muhammad Mansha Yaad died of a heart attack on 15 October 2011 in Islamabad.

Literary Activites

Muhammad Mansha Yaad also took an interest in literary activities. In 1972 he established  Halqa Arbab e Zauq in Islamabad. It is the first literary society in the capital city. Later, he founded various other organizations such as Likhnay Walon Ki Anjuman, Rabta, Bazame Kitab and Fiction Forum.

Muhammad Mansha Yaad Book List/ Literary Work

Mansha Yaad took an interest in poetry and writing at the young age. He adopted various pen names but later select “Yaad” as a pen name.

He wrote in Urdu and Punjabi Language. Yaad also translated various English books. He did following literary work.

Short Stories


  • Raahain (Taanwan Taanwa Taara in Punjabi)

Mansha Yaad wrote one Urdu novel Raahain Known in Punjabi Taanwan Taanwa Taara. This story earned much fame. PTV made a superhit TV serial on the basis of this novel. Some parts of this drama shoot a village Mohlanwal situated on the bank of River Ravi.

This drama focuses on issues of social and urban people in Pakistan. It revolves our traditions and supremacy of landlords, justice, and education.

Translated Books

Yaad translated following books from English to the Urdu language.

  • The Noose
  • The Eyes of Jacob
  • Children and Gunpowder
  • Replica

Awards and Recognition.

  • Baba Farid Adabi Award
  • Pride of Performance for Novel and Short Story Writing from the Govt of Pakistan
  • Life Time Achievement at the International conference.
  • Punjabi Adbi Culture Sangat Award 2004
  • Exceptional Performance Award by Sadai Adab International DFW Metroplex UK
  • Life Time Achievement Award by Writers Forum Islamabad


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