Saadat Hasan Manto (1912-1955), is celebrated as one of the greatest short story writers from South Asia.
In his short life of 42 years, Manto wrote almost 300 stories, more than 100 radio plays and numerous film scripts and essays. He had an unwavering empathy for women and those who lived on the margins of society including sex workers. His defining works were set during the devastating partition that led to the largest mass migration in the history of the world, killing hundreds of thousands of people. Manto was tried six times on charges of obscenity for his irreverent stories, both in India and Pakistan.
Today, his stories are regarded as one of the most honest accounts of his times.